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Schools closed as winter storm bears down on Ontario

Schools closed as winter storm bears down on Ontario
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Public schools in Toronto and other parts of southern Ontario were closed Tuesday in advance of a winter storm expected to dump freezing rain, ice pellets and 20 centimetres of snow on the area.

All of southern Ontario and parts of northern Ontario were under a winter storm warning, a freezing rain warning or both as the system began moving west-to-east across the province Tuesday morning.

Environment Canada said Toronto would likely see 15 to 25 cm of snow and ice accumulation by Wednesday, with 30 to 40 cm of snow in the forecast for Ottawa.

Strong winds were also expected. Environment Canada warned that they would cause blowing snow and occasional periods of near-zero visibility. The agency suggested that people avoid non-essential travel once the storm began.

In addition to Toronto, schools were closed for the day in Waterloo, Peel and Halton regions, Hamilton, and Wellington, Dufferin and Brant counties, as well as most of Huron and Perth counties. The Brockville, Ont.-based Upper Canada District School Board also closed all of its schools.
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