Toronto tweets icy images after freezing rain blankets city

It's finally spring in Toronto, but it didn't exactly feel or look that way after freezing rain coated the region with ice this week.

Some students in region enjoying extra-long weekend thanks to school closings Thursday

Freezing rain leads to icy trees, roads and streetcar problems overnight

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The freezing rain that fell on Toronto Thursday night into Friday coated the city's trees and roads with ice and caused power outages and streetcar problems. 0:35

It's finally spring in Toronto, but it really doesn't look or feel that way after freezing rain coated the region with ice this week. 

While the rain has come and gone, the ice is still here, and some Torontonians are snapping some photographs of the aftermath.  

Environment Canada had warned that anywhere from five to 20 millimetres of ice accumulations were possible Thursday as temperatures hovered around the freezing mark. 

The precipitation left wires and trees covered in ice, which knocked out power for more than 10,000 people west of the city and about 28,000 north of it.

The wintry conditions forced more than 110 cancellations at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The icy roads gave many GTA students an extra-long weekend, as classes were cancelled in Peel and Halton regions, and buses were halted in Toronto.

Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson said seeing some freezing rain in March isn't out of the ordinary. 

If you have snow tires on your vehicle, you may want to keep them on a little longer just to be safe.

With temperatures expected to hit double digits on Sunday, it's fair to assume most of the ice will become a memory in a couple of days. 

In the meantime, keep your head up for falling ice and trees, and be sure to salt your walkways. 

With files from The Canadian Press


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