While Toronto has ended the extreme cold weather alert Monday, residents should expect a cloudy and cold day, with a high of -6 deg C and an overnight low of -11 deg C. Temperatures will continue to drop, with wind chills making it feel like -21 deg C. There is a 40 per cent chance of flurries in the afternoon, and winds will be gusting around 20 km/hr.
Ending the cold weather alert means cold weather services will not be available today and the 24-hour drop-in warming centres will be closed by 10 a.m. Toronto Public Health suggests residents dress in layers and wear warm boots, mittens, and a hat to prevent frostbite or hypothermia.
The flurries expected Monday may be residual from a blizzard that is expected to hit eastern Canada and the United States this evening, expecting anywhere from 35 cm to 90 cm of snow. The regions of Hamilton, Peel and Niagara are all under snow squall warnings, which can bring up to 15 cm of snow. This will reduce visibility and create hazardous driving conditions.
Flights heading to the U.S. may be affected by the storm. Almost 1,900 flights scheduled for Monday have been cancelled, according to the flight tracking site FlightAware. Nearly 1,800 additional flights have been scrapped for Tuesday.
In Toronto, Pearson International airport reported about 40 cancellations around 7 a.m. and Air Canada has warned that “forecasted weather or other conditions may cause flight delays and possible cancellations.”
Experts have called the time between Jan. 21 and Jan. 2- the “dead of winter,” the coldest time of the year.
- with a file from Associated Press