Heavy snow, ice pellets will lead to dangerous driving conditions in Mississauga, Brampton, Halton and Niagara


Published February 27, 2023 at 12:24 pm

Drivers are being urged by an Environment Canada travel advisory to stay off the roads tonight (Feb. 27) and overnight as a dangerous wintry mix of heavy snow, ice pellets and possible freezing rain is on the way to Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Halton and the Niagara region.

The winter weather travel advisory, which was issued by the national agency at 11:14 a.m. today, warns that snow, heavy at times, and other hazards are expected in the named areas beginning at rush hour this afternoon and lasting into Tuesday morning.

A total of five to 10 centimetres of snow is expected, with peak snowfall rate anticipated for the evening commute.

“Reduced visibility in heavy snow and blowing snow and slippery surfaces due to accumulating snow. Strong easterly winds gusting up to 60 km/h today and tonight followed by strong westerly winds gusting up to 60 km/h Tuesday,” the Environment Canada advisory reads. “The snow may become mixed with ice pellets late this evening before tapering to light snow, drizzle or freezing drizzle by early Tuesday morning.”

The advisory continues, noting “travel may be hazardous due to sudden changes in the weather. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.”

A separate weather statement from Environment Canada notes that Caledon, as well as Niagara, may see wind gusts up to 70 km/h and that local power outages are possible tonight and into Tuesday.

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