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Messy system sweeps the GTA

Snow, rain and freezing rain fell Wednesday
Snow, rain and freezing rain fell Wednesday

Staff writers

March 1, 2012 — A strong Colorado Low brought a messy mix to The Greater Toronto Area on Wednesday.

People in the GTA will see a mix of snow, rain and freezing rain
People in the GTA will see a mix of snow, rain and freezing rain

The system quickly moved across the GTA bringing a mix of snow, rain and freezing rain.

It started off as a messy mix of wet snow which made for dangerous driving conditions during peak commute times on Wednesday morning.

As temperatures warmed up through the day, the precipitation switched over to rain with patches of freezing drizzle. Toronto still managed to pick up about 2 cm of snow and Markham saw 6 cm.

Freezing drizzle continued to fall north of the city, which made roads icy. Drivers travelling out of the city were cautioned to take extra time.

Similar to the last big system that pushed into the GTA, the temperature was a major factor in determining what kind of precipitation fell. But, there was a difference with this system.

"Temperatures are a little cooler than they were last week, so we think there will be more impact with this storm," said meteorologist Chris Scott on Tuesday.

Precipitation totals
Precipitation totals

Some school boards including Dufferin-Peel, South Wellington, City of Guelph, Centre Wellington, Town of Erin, North Wellington and Dufferin County cancelled buses early Wednesday morning.

Several schools in the region were as closed well.

Those flying in and out of Toronto and Ottawa on Wednesday were also urged to check the status of their flight before heading out.

Make sure to tune into The Weather Network on TV for the latest updates on active. For the latest watches and warnings in your regions, check out the Alerts section of our website.

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