Weather Statement Upgraded to Freezing Rain Warning

Meteorologist Matt MacDonald said the danger posed by freezing rain should be diminished Wednesday because snow is expected to fall and accumulate first, but conditions could still get so bad by Thursday that some people might want to think about staying home.

GO Transit said that some GO bus routes were also experiencing delays due to the weather.

Be prepared for a slick commute if you're travelling on Tuesday as Environment Canada has issued freezing rain warnings for Toronto and parts of southern Ontario. It's then expected to intensify into heavy snowfall in the evening, followed by a deluge of rain.

On Wednesday, expect periods of rain to end in the morning, then a mix of sun and cloud with winds at 40 km/h gusting to 60 and the temperature falling to -3C and then to -17C overnight. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.

Toronto's winter operations began applying salt to hills and bridges on Monday night, in advance of today's weather.

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Among them is freezing rain, which can turn to ice on impact and cause treacherous conditions for pedestrians and motorists alike.

Salt trucks started doing afternoon rounds on roads, bike lanes and sidewalks at around 2 p.m. and will continue to make rounds throughout the evening, the city said. "Commuters are advised to plan ahead and give yourselves extra time like our crew", said Aikins.

TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said an abrasive bronze insert has been attached to some streetcars' trolley poles to help clear overhead wires of ice.

Wellington-Dufferin Student Transportation Services has cancelled school bus service in Dufferin County for the day.

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