5 August, 2020

Major winter storm wallops central, eastern Canada

TORONTO (Reuters) – A winter storm dumped heavy snow and ice pellets on the most populated parts of Canada , closing schools and paralyzing transportation.

Environment Canada expected 15 to 25 centimeters (Five to ten inches) of snow for Southern Ontario by Wednesday, with ice pellets effective winds of as much as 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) each hour, as well as possible freezing rain. The storm is required to end on Wednesday.

Among the places affected were Greater Toronto and Hamilton, just about the most populated metropolitan region in Canada with almost 6.5 million people, and Ottawa, Montreal and other regions, depending on Environment Canada.

“It is recommended that if (people) don’t have to go to work today construct y stay home, and when they have to be on the roads, go slow…because conditions are quite dangerous,” said Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.

The Toronto District School Board, the country’s largest with nearly 300,000 students, closed all schools at last since 2011 because the storm, and schools were shut generally in most other areas additionally.

At Toronto’s Pearson Flight terminal, 32 percent of flights were canceled, as outlined by spokeswoman Maria Ganogiannis.

The storm is inching toward eastern Canada, where as much as 40 centimeters of snow is forecast moms and dads Brunswick, Environment Canada’s Cheng said.