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Icy commute in the GTA

Ice coats roads and walkways early Thursday morning
Ice coats roads and walkways early Thursday morning

Staff writers

March 1, 2012 — Drivers in the Greater Toronto Area faced another tricky commute Thursday morning.

Mix of rain, freezing rain and snow fell Thursday morning
Mix of rain, freezing rain and snow fell Thursday morning

A mix of snow, rain and freezing rain hit the GTA on Wednesday causing bus cancellations, flight delays and power outages.

A widespread freezing rain warning was issued for parts of southern Ontario once again Thursday morning as temperatures hovered around the freezing mark.

"Freezing rain started falling through the northern parts of the GTA early Thursday, resulting in slippery roads in some places," says Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

All of the freezing rain warnings had ended just after 7 am, but several schools didn't want to take the chance.

School boards including York Region, Simcoe County, Dufferin-Peel and Durham cancelled buses because of the dangerous driving conditons. Officials say the safety of the students is the number one concern when deciding to pull the buses off the roads

Drivers are urged to take caution on the roads as ice accumulation on untreated surfaces can create hazardous conditions.

Those with air travel plans are also encouraged to check the status of their flight before heading to the airport. The poor conditions cancelled about 20 flights at Toronto's Pearson International Airport Thursday morning and more than 30 flights were delayed.

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