Ontario weather system causing St. John's flight cancellations, delays

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Avalon region forecast to get snow and freezing drizzle tonight

A small plane taxis along the tarmac at St. John's International Airport in this webcam image. Some flights today have been delayed or cancelled because of weather conditions at Toronto airport.

A weather system in Ontario has forced the cancellation of many flights today, including some departures and arrivals at St. John's International Airport.

Dozens of flights have been cancelled at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport because of a slow-moving storm in southern Ontario.

The weather system, which has paralyzed parts of the U.S. Midwest for the second time in a week, was making a slow eastward trek early Wednesday.

The departure board at Pearson was showing at least 106 cancelled flights through the late morning and at least 80 cancelled arrivals.

Most of the affected flights are to and from U.S. destinations coping with heavy, wet snow that has clogged roads and airports and blamed for at least three deaths.

The Toronto area received a heavy dose of rain and snow overnight and was expected to receive about five centimetres of additional snow throughout the day.

Areas north of the city received about 10 centimetres of snow during the night and Environment Canada said another five to 10 centimetres was likely Wednesday. Eastern Ontario was expected to receive about 15 centimetres by early Thursday.

Snowfall warnings have been posted for the Montreal region, with at least another 15 centimetres of snow in the forecast.

Travellers are urged to check their flight status before heading to the airports.

In St. John's and the Avalon region, high winds is causing drifting and white-out conditions in some areas.

The RCMP is asking motorists to use care and caution.

High winds are also affecting the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service. Two vessels were on the tickle this morning, the MV Flanders and MV Grace Sparkes.

But, without hours, the MV Grace Sparkes had to be tied up because of weather.

The recorded phone information now says, "We will try to keep a regular schedule as long as we can."

According to Environment Canada, the Avalon region won't see snowfall accumulations like Ontario, but there is a system of snow and freezing drizzle coming our way tonight, with total accumulations of about two to four cms.

Here's the latest forecast from Environment Canada:


Flurries with risk of freezing drizzle. Local amount 2 cm. Wind northwest 50 km/h gusting to 80. Temperature steady near minus 2.


Periods of snow with risk of freezing drizzle. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Blowing snow over exposed areas. Wind northwest 50 km/h gusting to 80. Temperature steady near minus 2.


Periods of snow with risk of freezing drizzle. Amount 2 cm. Blowing snow over exposed areas in the morning. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60 except gusting to 80 along the coast. High zero.


Periods of rain and fog. Low plus 1. High plus 3.


Periods of rain and fog. Low plus 1. High plus 3.


Periods of rain. Low plus 1. High plus 2.



Organizations: Environment Canada, Pearson International Airport, U.S. Midwest Wednesday.The departure board RCMP

Geographic location: Ontario, St. John's, Toronto Southern Ontario.The U.S. Montreal

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Recent comments

  • Yup
    February 27, 2013 - 21:54

    Yup defensive newfoundlanders prevail again. People think we get so much snow here because that's all we have to talk about.

  • david
    February 27, 2013 - 10:09

    Good job. Don't blame the inherent unreliability of an airport built on the Avalon penisula....blame Ontario. "Spinning" stories to ourselves is Newfoundland's greatest skill.

    • yes sir here here
      February 27, 2013 - 20:23

      I agree with david ,the on goin strike by the maintenance people doesnt have any effect either that stuff dont delay people blame it on anything but the true reasons as long as we get our flights no one cares what a joke this place is