Toronto remains under winter weather travel advisory as 1st snowfall of season blankets city

Toronto remains under a winter weather travel advisory as the city gets its first snowfall of the season on Sunday, Environment Canada says.

The federal weather agency said many areas received between five cm and eight cm of snow on Sunday morning. An additional two cm to five cm is expected on Sunday afternoon and evening.

Yoseph Mengesha, severe weather meteorologist with Environment Canada, said total accumulations could be between eight cm and 14 cm on Sunday, with greater amounts expected in areas north of Toronto.

“It’s a bit early but it’s not uncommon,” Mengesha said.

“Periods of snow will continue today. It will start to taper off later this evening. We still expect a couple of centimetres this evening.”

Mengesha said a low pressure system has moved over southern Ontario and upper Great Lakes, bringing the snow to Toronto. That system is headed east, he added.

Another system that could bring more snow to Toronto is expected on Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Environment Canada said the wintry weather is affecting road conditions and motorists should expect roads not yet salted might be icy and slippery.

Crews are in the process of salting all roads in Toronto, according to the city.

OPP says drivers reporting crashes on GTA highways

Ontario Provincial Police said drivers have reported crashes on Highways 401, 404 and 410 on Sunday morning.

Const. Timothy Dunnah of the OPP’s Mississauga detachment said most of the crashes are minor in nature. He said collision reporting centres are available to motorists. If involved in a crash and if it is safe to do so, motorists should move to the shoulder of the highway or a parking lot, he said.

“Right now, we have snow happening throughout the Greater Toronto Area. There is heavy accumulation on our roadways. We have multiple collisions across all of our highways,” Dunnah said on Sunday.

“We are asking motorists to take their time, leave earlier, drive slower to get their destinations. Drive according to weather conditions. Enjoy the nice weather. It’s snow. It’s our first big one for the year. But be responsible when operating a motor vehicle,” he said.

A crash in the northbound lanes of Highway 404 at Elgin Mills Road has sent one person to a trauma centre with serious injuries.

A section of Highway 404 in the area is closed as officers investigate, he said.

Const. David Hopkinson, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, urged motorists to clear all ice and snow off their vehicles, slow down, ensure there is space between their vehicles and those in front of them, and give themselves lots of time to reach their destinations.

Hopkinson said there have been 11 crashes reported in total on Sunday morning. Of that total, five involved injuries, while six involve damage to vehicles.

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