Friday, July 31, 2015

Storm to cause travel headaches

TORONTO—A winter storm that blew into southwestern Ontario early yesterday from the United States was expected to cause a variety of travel headaches today.
Environment Canada posted winter storm warnings late yesterday for Ontario’s Niagara region, as well as eastern Ontario, southern Quebec, and much of northern New Brunswick.

The storm already had pounded the mid-section of the U.S., dumping a record snowfall in Arkansas and lashing the Northeast with high winds, snow, and sleet.
The storm, which is blamed for at least six deaths in the U.S., knocked out power to thousands of utility customers, primarily in Arkansas.
Hundreds of flights were cancelled or delayed out of U.S. airports and several departures had been cancelled by early today at Pearson International Airport in Toronto and at Montreal’s Trudeau Airport.
Travellers were urged to call ahead to check on their flight status before heading to the airports.
The Toronto area was due to receive about 10 cm of snow into this morning while the Niagara region and Hamilton areas were bracing for 15-20 cm.
Similar amounts were forecast for eastern Ontario, from the Kingston area east into Quebec through Montreal and Laval, and areas south of the city.
Environment Canada said the Montreal region could receive up to 30 cm of snow, accompanied by widespread blowing snow.
But a meteorologist with the agency said today’s snowfall shouldn’t be as wet and heavy as what blanketed parts of the province last week, causing widespread power outages.
In New Brunswick, snow and blowing snow were expected to begin early today in the southwest and eastern regions, with about 25 cm or more expected.
Parts of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island also lay in the storm’s path, where winter storm watches or rainfall warnings already had been posted.

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