Toronto residents have been warned that a “major” windstorm is on its way Sunday. It will include both harsh winds, and snow
According to Environment Canada, wind gusts from the storm will be strong enough to blow shingles off roofs, uproot trees and cause power outages.
The agency issued a wind warning and blowing snow advisory for Toronto and surrounding regions early Sunday.
100 to 110 km/h strong winds are expected to start around noon. Wind gusts of 120 km/h are said to be likely in areas along the shores of Lake Ontario.
Environment Canada said the winds, which can cause extensive damage, are coming in the wake of an Arctic cold front that is likely to pass over the Toronto region.
Winds are expected to continue through the evening and but calm down overnight.
Motorists are urged to slow down if road conditions change due to the high winds.
Blowing snow is expected on Sunday afternoon into evening.
The forecast calls for flurries and strong westerly winds, with gusts of 70 to 100 km/h.
“Any fresh snow will be whipped up by the winds, creating near-whiteout conditions at times in blowing snow,” Environment Canada says.
Because of the bad conditions, travel could be hazardous and visibility reduced to near zero suddenly, the federal weather agency said.
Travellers should check with airlines for the status of their flights prior to going to the airport
Both airports said early Sunday that weather conditions could affect operations.
The TTC, meanwhile, said trains will run at slower speeds in open areas of the subway.
Conditions should improve early Monday.