Winter storm to bring snow, ice pellets to Toronto late Wednesday afternoon
Canada's federal weather agency is warning Torontonians to watch out for slippery conditions as a winter storm is expected to bring a mix of snow and ice pellets to the city starting late Wednesday afternoon.
Total amounts could be between 10 and 15 centimetres, Environment Canada said in an updated winter storm warning on Tuesday night. There is a risk of freezing rain and light ice sticking to surfaces. Travel may be difficult.
"There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas," Environment Canada said.
The federal weather agency said light snow and ice pellets are expected to become heavy at times late Wednesday afternoon and into the early evening. They may mix or turn into freezing rain on Wednesday night.
In areas where ice pellets mix with freezing rain, there will likely be less accumulation, the agency said.
'Light wintry mix of precipitation'
The storm is expected to continue into early Thursday, but a "light wintry mix of precipitation" is also possible on Thursday afternoon and into the evening.
"The wintry mix will taper off early Thursday morning to a risk of patchy freezing drizzle," Environment Canada said in the warning.
As the snow and ice pellets accumulate on the ground, surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become "icy, slippery and hazardous," Environment Canada added.
The federal weather agency said people should take care when walking or driving during the storm.
If visibility is reduced while driving, motorists are urged to slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.