Weather Watch: What You Need to Know About Ontario’s Winter Blast

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Blizzard warnings are in effect for parts of southern Ontario on Monday, as school boards in several regions decided to either cancel classes or continue remote learning for another day.

Environment Canada has issued weather warnings for a southern Ontario broadband, from snow warnings for the Barrie area to blizzard warnings for Toronto and Hamilton.

In an updated advisory issued by Environment Canada at 7:45 a.m. ET Monday, forecasters said a blizzard warning was in effect for Toronto, with total snowfall forecast between 25 and 40 centimeters.

“Blizzard conditions with gusty winds and persistent near-zero visibility in snow and blowing snow are expected or occurring,” Environment Canada’s statement said.

The City of Toronto has urged people to stay home if they can.

The Toronto District School Board said on Twitter on Monday that “all schools will switch to remote learning“Because of the weather conditions.

the Toronto Catholic District School Board made a similar move, saying, “Due to weather, all school bus transportation has been canceled and schools are closed for in-person learning today. Staff and students will continue to remain engaged in distance learning at home.”

The city of hamilton is also under blizzard warning, Environment Canada said, with the worst conditions expected Monday before 11 a.m. ET.

‘Travel is expected to be extremely hazardous due to widespread poor visibility,’ forecasters warned

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board announced early Monday that there will be no in-person or distance learning.

For Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board students, in-class classes have been canceled, but some remote learning has continued.

“Transportation is canceled and HWCDSB schools are closed for in-person learning today, Monday January 17, due to inclement weather,” the Hamilton Catholic Board said in a tweet. “The virtual elementary school remains open. In-person students can expect to have asynchronous assignments posted by 10 a.m.”

In the niagara region, where a the winter storm warning was in effect, the District School Board of Niagara has declared a snow day, with remote and in-person learning suspended.

“2022 begins strangely” the council said in a tweet. “We know many of you were ready for school today, but it’s officially a long weekend, so we really hope you enjoy it!”

the Niagara Catholic District School Board also canceled in-person school and virtual elementary school.

Snowfall warnings were in effect for parts of Waterloo Wellington, according to Environment Canada

As of 8 a.m. ET, blizzard warnings were also in effect for parts of Halton and Peel Regions, as well as parts of york and Durham Regions.

In the London area, there have been school bus cancellations due to winter weather.

In Ottawa, Environment Canada forecast total snowfall between 25 and 40 centimeters, with up to 50 centimeters in some areas.

“Snow, at times heavy, with snowfall peaks of four to seven cm per hour possible Monday morning, which could significantly reduce visibilities,” said the alert issued Sunday evening for the Ottawa region noted.

In Ottawa, the two Ottawa Catholic School Board and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board will turn to remote learning on Monday.

“Our educators will do their best tomorrow,” the Ottawa Catholic Council said in a statement Sunday announcing the change. to distance education. “However, most had planned an in-person learning day, so a transition to a full synchronous learning day may need to be accommodated.”

Snowfall in southern Ontario has added a wrinkle to the province’s already controversial school reopening plan.

The province switched to online learning after the winter break, so schools not closed by snow will reopen for the first time in nearly a month.

Ontario isn’t the only province feeling the effects of winter. In Quebec, some school boards were closing due to weather conditions.

Stay off the roads if you can, says OPP officer

WATCH | Driving conditions are “unfair” in parts of southern Ontario, according to the sergeant. Kerry Schmidt says:

A day to avoid the roads, says Ontario police officer

Saying driving conditions are “treacherous” in southern Ontario due to a major winter storm, Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of the Ontario Provincial Police has asked drivers to stay off the roads until the snow stops falling. 3:47

Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Kerry Schmidt told CBC’s Heather Hiscox on Monday that people who can stay home should do so.

“It’s a mess here,” said Schmidt, who was on Highway 401 near Pearson International Airport.

Vehicles spin in circles and lose control, he said.

Plows are trying to keep up, he said, but have been hampered by snowfall and traffic volumes.

The Ontario Provincial Police Traffic Safety Division reminded drivers on Sunday evening to make sure to clean their cars thoroughly if they have to hit the road.