NASTY weather

ICE PEL­LETS AND FREEZ­ING RAIN CONTINUES TO HAM­MER SOUTH­ERN ON­TARIO

Lethbridge Herald - - FRONT PAGE - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS — TORONTO

More than 40,000 peo­ple were with­out power and one busy Toronto air­port had to shut down on Sun­day, as south­ern and cen­tral On­tario were bat­tered by an­other day of freez­ing rain and ice pel­lets

More than 40,000 peo­ple were with­out power and one busy Toronto air­port had to shut down on Sun­day, as south­ern and cen­tral On­tario were bat­tered by an­other day of freez­ing rain and ice pel­lets.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada is­sued weather warn­ings for the en­tirety of the re­gion for the sec­ond day in a row, ad­vis­ing that strong winds could ex­ac­er­bate al­ready dan­ger­ous con­di­tions.

Toronto’s down­town Billy Bishop air­port can­celled all de­part­ing flights and re­ceived only one ar­rival all day on Sun­day, while more than 600 flights were can­celled at the larger Pear­son In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Dozens of flights were also can­celled or de­layed at Ot­tawa In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Mean­time, pro­vin­cial power util­ity Hy­dro One said Sun­day af­ter­noon that ex­tra crews were work­ing to ad­dress more than 42,000 power out­ages, with fallen trees and bro­ken poles caus­ing most of the is­sues. Toronto Hy­dro said ap­prox­i­mately 10,800 of its cus­tomers were with­out power across the city Sun­day evening.

The mix­ture of freez­ing rain and ice pel­lets also made for nasty road con­di­tions, par­tic­u­larly in the Greater Toronto Area.

“These ice pel­lets have acted like very dense snow on the road,” said Chris Scott, chief me­te­o­rol­o­gist with The Weather Net­work. “That’s cre­ated treach­er­ous driv­ing con­di­tions across much of south­ern On­tario, but es­pe­cially in the GTA.”

Pro­vin­cial po­lice said there were roughly 750 crashes on high­ways sur­round­ing Toronto on Satur­day, and there had been nearly 700 more by early Sun­day af­ter­noon. None of the crashes were fa­tal.

Wind warn­ings were also is­sued, with gusts up to 90 kilo­me­tres per hour fore­cast for the Hamil­ton area — strong enough to cause prop­erty dam­age and fur­ther power out­ages.

Mul­ti­ple uni­ver­si­ties had to can­cel their week­end ex­ams be­cause of the dan­ger­ous con­di­tions, which caused prob­lems for stu­dents such as Jamie Ni­chol­son.

The food sci­ence stu­dent at Guelph Univer­sity added that the sit­u­a­tion caused headaches be­cause the ex­ams would take place next week­end, when some stu­dents like him­self al­ready had plans.

“Some peo­ple have it a lot worse though, be­cause they booked flights out of the coun­try or back home,” he said.

Ni­chol­son said the sit­u­a­tion was also tough be­cause he was told that spe­cial ac­com­mo­da­tions like ex­tra time wouldn’t be pro­vided for the re-sched­uled ex­ams.

“That was an is­sue for me, be­cause I get spe­cial ac­com­mo­da­tions,” he said, adding that in his case, his pro­fes­sor was able to ac­com­mo­date him, but not all stu­dents he knows were able to find a so­lu­tion.

Other lo­cal events, such as out­door view­ing par­ties for the Toronto Rap­tors and Maple Leafs, also had to be can­celled on Satur­day be­cause of the freez­ing rain.

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