Winter Storm Impacts Toronto and Travel

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Pearson International is not allowing flights to take off or land until 9:00AM January 7 2014
Winter Storm could impact travel to and from Pearson International in Toronto
Pearson International is not allowing flights to take off or land until 9:00AM January 7 2014
Feb 2 2015 Toronto

THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – Travellers heading south to Toronto and other centres in Southern Ontario will run smack centre into winter weather today.

For Toronto, the winter storm warning has Environment Canada calling for up to 20cm of snow.

A winter storm with heavy snow and blowing snow continues across Southern Ontario. For areas south of a line from Sarnia towards Hamilton, total snowfall amounts of 25 to 35 cm are likely, with the highest amounts near the Great Lakes. North of this line, from Huron – Perth through Waterloo – Wellington and the Greater Toronto Area, total amounts will likely be in the 15 to 20 cm range.

The weather conditions are likely to impact air travel.

Air Canada Travel Advisory

Airport:
Toronto, Billy Bishop City Airport, Ontario (YTZ)
Event: Flights may be impacted by forecasted winter operational conditions.

Air Canada and Air Canada Express advise that flights to, from or connecting through the airport(s) listed may be delayed or cancelled due to the event described.

When:All day, February 2, 2015
What to do:Air Canada has revised its ticketing policy for customers booked on affected flights to facilitate changes to bookings. Those customers wishing to make alternate travel arrangements can do so without penalty, space permitting, using our online rebooking tool: check your alternate travel options currently available; re-book yourself and check in before arriving at the airport.
Prior to leaving for the airport, please check your Flight Status, or call Air Canada’s automated flight information system at 1-888-422-7533.Alternatively, you can contact Air Canada Reservations toll free in Canada and the U.S. at 888-247-2262; TTY: 1-800-361-8071 or Air Canada Reservations worldwide. Due to increased call centre volume, wait times may be longer than usual.

Air Canada Vacations Customers must contact Air Canada Vacations directly for rebooking or for travel alternatives at 1-800-296-3408

Weather Update: In addition to the heavy snow, strong and gusty winds have reduced visibilties to 500 metres or less at times in blowing snow. The combination of snow and blowing snow is resulting in hazardous travelling conditions. For the Hamilton and Northern Niagara regions, winds are gusting to 70 km/h this morning and are resulting in near blizzard conditions along the lakeshore and on the Niagara Escarpment. Also, the winds are combining with the cold airmass to produce wind chill values ranging from minus 20 to minus 30 for regions in the winter storm warning.

The morning commute is expected to be significantly affected by this winter storm. Conditions are improving this morning over Southwestern Ontario and will improve by this afternoon for the rest of the warned regions as the snow tapers off and winds begin to diminish.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.

Location

Warning

Watch

Statement

Belleville – Quinte – Northumberland

 

 

Brockville – Leeds and Grenville

 

 

City of Hamilton

 

 

City of Toronto

 

 

Cornwall – Morrisburg

 

 

Dufferin – Innisfil

 

 

Dunnville – Caledonia – Haldimand

 

 

Elgin

 

 

Halton – Peel

 

 

Huron – Perth

 

 

Kingston – Prince Edward

 

London – Middlesex

 

 

Niagara

 

 

Oxford – Brant

 

 

Peterborough – Kawartha Lakes

 

 

Sarnia – Lambton

 

 

Simcoe – Delhi – Norfolk

 

 

Stirling – Tweed – South Frontenac

 

 

Waterloo – Wellington

 

 

York – Durham

 

 

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