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UPDATE: Closures and cancellations as a result of the storm

By the time it's said and done, the storm could bering between 10 and 15cms of snow for Toronto....

The last blast of winter is packing a punch.

Heavy snow falling in the early afternoon in the GTA, has forced some schools and businesses to close down early-Humber College has cancelled afternoon classes at all campuses after 1:30 on Wendesday.

-Georgian College is closing their Orangeville Campus at 1pm.

-Mohawk College is closing as of 1pm.

-York University is closing their doors as of 2pm.

-Seneca college is closing at 2:30 because of the weather. Evening classes have been cancelled.

- U of T Mississauga campus has closed.

- Centennial College has closed for the day

- Ontario College of Art and Design has also shut down because of the storm.

- UoIT has closed.

- Durham College has cancelled their evening classes. .

- The TTC has scratched a number of the 'rocket busses' for the Wednesday ride home.

- Wednesday evening services at Oakville's Saint Dominic Parish

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the GTA and Toronto.

About 10-15 centimetres of snow is expected by the end of the afternoon.

About 4-5 cm fell by noon with another 10 cm possible by the start of the afternoon and evening rush.

Snow is expected to continue until about 8 o clock but the heaviest snow will taper off starting at about 4 p.m.

The temperature across the GTA will drop through the day and could hit close to minus 17 overnight.

This system is also expected to cause blowing snow for regions just north of Lake Erie and across the Niagara region where a winter storm warning is in effect. Areas from there over to Cornwall could see between 15-25 centimetres of snow.

In addition to the heavy snowfall there, gusts of 70 or 80 kilometres an hour are possible which will cause blizzard-like conditions.

A blowing snow warning is in effect for the city of Hamilton where there could be gusts of up to 60 kilometres an hour.

Porter Airlines and Pearson International Airport expect there to be delays and cancellations due to weather. Both advise you to check your flight status well in advance.

For PORTER flight information click here.

For PEARSON INTERNATIONAL flight information click here.

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