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Updated: Wed, 05 Feb 2014 10:03:10 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Snow slows morning commute



The snow made for a slow commute on Wednesday morning. David Donnelly/CBC

The snow made for a slow commute on Wednesday morning. David Donnelly/CBC

Drivers and transit riders had to endure a long, slow morning commute as a winter storm expected to bring up to 15 cm of snow hit much of southern Ontario during the a.m. rush hour.

The snow, combined with roads already icy from last weekend's thaw and freeze, created difficult driving conditions and poor visibility.

Drivers who commute from the Niagara region and along the QEW reported a very slow drive. Some drivers told CBC it took two hours to travel from the Burlington/Oakville area to downtown.

CBC overnight cameraman Tony Smyth reported seeing multiple fender benders on GTA roads.

"The snow is making for slick conditions on the roads and some blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility," said CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland.

"It's really a good day to take it easy slow down."

GO Transit warned passengers to leave extra time for their trip. "We expect delays," GO said in a tweet. The TTC also had weather-related delays on its streetcar routes and no service on the Scarborough RT due to switch problems at McCowan station.

The weather is also causing problems at Pearson International Airport with 192 flights cancelled, mainly due to snowy weather in the northeastern U.S. Travellers are asked to check their flight status before heading to the airport.

The south-central Ontario region of the CAA fielded 450 service calls from drivers.

The city also issued a cold weather alert, which makes available more services for the city's homeless.

The heaviest snowfalls will occur in and around the areas of Hamilton, Oakville and the Niagara Escarpment.

The snow is expected to taper off by mid-afternoon on Wednesday. Total accumulation by then could be around 10 to 15 centimetres from Windsor to Toronto and into Eastern Ontario.

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