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Wet snow, slush challenges drivers in southern Ontario

Staff writers

February 27, 2013 — Another winter storm has blanketed much of southern Ontario with heavy, wet snow resulting in school closures and hundreds of flight cancellations.

Snowfall totals as of 10 am
Snowfall totals as of 10 am

Be sure to tune into The Weather Network on TV as we continue to monitor this system and bring you all the latest updates.

A powerful system that wreaked havoc in the central U.S., continued to push into southern Ontario Tuesday.

Rain crept into southwestern Ontario Tuesday afternoon, while London reported ice pellets ahead of the evening commute. 

By the dinner hour, parts of the GTA were dealing with the messy mix, before the precipitation changed over to mainly snow through the overnight hours.

Between 10-20 cm was reported across the GTA by the late morning hours Wednesday, with an additional 5 cm possible by the time all is said and done. 

Unlike the significant February 8 storm, the snow associated with this latest winter blast is much wetter and dense. 

The poor conditions and slow moving storm resulted in hundreds of flight cancellations at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. 20 percent of flights were cancelled for the day. 

Billy Bishop Airport also reported grounded planes.

Travellers are being advised to check their flight status before heading out to the airport.

Additional snow forecast through Thursday
Additional snow forecast through Thursday

The heavy, wet snow also clogged many city streets resulting in some school closures and bus cancellations

Officials asked drivers to avoid any unnecessary travel and urged people to keep parked cars off the street to allow room for snow removal crews throughout the day. 

The accumulation of slush has been challenging storm drains across Toronto, and police say many flood pockets on major roadways have been reported. 

Toronto Fire Services have also responded to numerous calls.

The storm downed trees and hydro wires across the region.

In Chatham, more than 3,100 people were without power Tuesday evening. York and Durham region saw more than 3,500 outages during the overnight hours.

"The heavy band of snow has pushed east into Ottawa and southern Quebec where up to 20 cm of snow is forecast through Thursday," says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "While the worst of the snow is over for the GTA, slick roads and gusty winds can be expected throughout the day." 

Plan your commute ahead of time with the help of an advisor like, and keep track of the storm by checking the Satellite and Radar maps.

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