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Commuter Alert for Wednesday


Laurissa Anyas-Weiss, content producer

January 6, 2009 — The morning commute was slow with roads snow covered and, in some places, icy. In the GTA, snow should taper off by noon with snow flurries for the afternoon and evening.

The first storm of 2009 brought the Wednesday morning commute to a halt and continues to cause delays at Pearson Airport.

6 cm of snow has fallen at Pearson so far this morning with another 2 - 5 cm possible before the system moves out this afternoon. The Niagara area reported freezing rain overnight and this morning as warmer temperatures brought a mix of snow and rain in some areas.

Freezing Rain Warnings have just ended for the Niagara area which will see a switch over to snow this evening. The eastern shores of Lake Ontario near Kingston are still in a Freezing Rain Warning which should end this afternoon.

Snow has started falling in Eastern Ontario with the Ottawa area expected to get around 15 cm. Montreal to the Gaspe area could see 10 - 30 cm of snow with windy conditions before the system moves out overnight.

Temperatures are hovering around the freezing mark which means snow could turn to rain or even freezing rain locally. The system will move out of Southern Ontario by this afternoon when temperatures will begin to drop and winds will pick up. Snow flurries are expected this afternoon and overnight.

The Wednesday evening drive home should be better after snowplows and sanders have reached the main roads. Another system is building south of border which will bring more snow to Southern Ontario for the weekend.

Snowsquall Warnings are in effect for the shores of Lake Huron with the possibility of more than 15 cm of snow.

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