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Winter weather travel advisory ends for Toronto as snow changes to rain

A pedestrian walks through snowfall in downtown Toronto on Jan. 23, 2024. (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)
A pedestrian walks through snowfall in downtown Toronto on Jan. 23, 2024. (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)

A winter weather travel advisory calling for "hazardous conditions" in Toronto has ended, with snow changing to rain Tuesday night.

Earlier Tuesday, Environment Canada warned periods of heavy snow could complicate the evening commute, likely changing to freezing drizzle or drizzle later in the evening or overnight.

The city of Toronto, which says it monitors conditions 24 hours a day, said its salting and plowing operations would be activated on Tuesday as required.

Plowing begins on expressways when the snow reaches 2.5 centimetres, major roads when the city sees five centimetres, and residential streets only when eight centimetres or more comes down.

Travellers are pictured here at Pearson International Airport in Toronto.
Travellers are pictured here at Pearson International Airport in Toronto.

Travellers are pictured here at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Dozens of flights affected

Toronto's Pearson International Airport says there have been delays and cancellations due to the weather.

As of 8:05 p.m., the airport said 5.15 per cent of departing flights and 5.13 per cent of arriving flights were cancelled by the airlines on Tuesday.

"Our team is working hard to get passengers to their destinations," Toronto Pearson said on X, formerly Twitter, on Tuesday afternoon.

According to NAV Canada Operations, passengers should check the status of their flights with their airlines before leaving home.

According to Environment Canada, the high temperature mark will climb above freezing from Wednesday to Saturday, with Friday's forecast reaching 7 C.