02/02/2015 06:02 EST | Updated 04/04/2015 05:59 EDT

Toronto Weather: Winter Storm, Extreme Cold Warnings Remain In Effect

Drivers should prepare for a tough commute Monday as a winter storm that brought snow and freezing temperatures overnight continues in to the morning.

A storm warning put in place by Environment Canada on Sunday remains in effect, and the federal weather agency warns that “in addition to the heavy snow, strong and gusty winds have reduced visibilities to 500 metres or less” on roads and highways.

Winds of up to 70 km/h are blowing in the Niagara region, creating “near blizzard conditions” along the lake shore and escarpment.

The OPP was warning drivers to allow more time for their morning commute, drive slow and avoid any non-essential travel. 

In the GTA, snow is expected to fall until around noon, with 15 to 20 centimetres in the forecast. That snow will be accompanied by freezing temperatures that could feel like – 26 throughout the morning.

The city of Toronto dispatched 600 snow plows and 200 salt trucks on Sunday to begin preparing roads for the start of the work week. Many side roads throughout the city have not been plowed and could remain snow covered until well into the day.

Both Pearson and Billy Bishop airports have said flight delays and cancellations are possible, and travellers should check their flight status before leaving for the airport. 

The snow battering the GTA is part of a larger system currently hovering over southern Ontario. The regions from Sarnia towards Hamilton could see the most snowfall, with about 25 to 35 centimetres total expected. 

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