Canada's Environment Ministry issued an extreme cold alert and a special meteorological statement for Toronto on Saturday afternoon and ice conditions were felt on the roads with the Ontario Provincial Police reporting more than 200 collisions throughout the GTA.
"More than 200 failures in #GTA in the last 24 hours. Do not ruin your night … #DriveSafe, "OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt tweeted just after 8 pm Saturday.
A few minutes earlier, Schmidt tweeted, "Officers #OPP on #GTA are responding to more than 20 collisions at the moment."
Toronto police tweaked about 14 different bumps on Saturday.
Around 5:30 in the morning, a vehicle hit an overpass near Millwood Rd. And Laird Dr. seriously injuring a man and seriously injuring another passenger.
Police tweeted about another collision shortly after 8 AM when a vehicle crashed into a bus shelter near Queen St. W. and Shaw St. No injuries were reported.
Around 16:30 there was a collision of three vehicles and two pedestrians were hit near Lake Shore Blvd. W. and Lower Simcoe St., said Arrogant Katrina, a spokeswoman for the Toronto police. The paramedics took four people to the hospital with minor injuries. All the vehicles remained on the scene, police said.
A series of collisions throughout the day involved solitary vehicles colliding with street, tree and waterway poles. No serious injuries were reported.
Environment Canada issued the extreme cold warning shortly before 3:45 p.m. saying on its website that "a period of very cold chills is expected" due to a mass of arctic air moving further south to Ontario.
The weather agency issues warnings when temperatures or temperatures reach -30 ° C for at least two hours.
Early in the morning on Sunday, temperatures are expected to appear -30 C in the cold wind and will remain so for most of the day. Come on Sunday night, it will look like -35 C or colder.
"A lighter air mass will start moving on Tuesday," Environment Canada said.
A special climate statement was also released Saturday afternoon with Canada's Environment Ministry saying "very cold" temperatures will continue, but the snow should stop on Sunday morning. Most of southern Ontario is undergoing a major winter storm that descended from the southern Great Lakes.
Snow will continue to fall overnight in the city with expected 5-10 cm amounts near Lake Ontario. Environment Canada warns that highways, roads, walkways and parking lots can be icy and slippery.
"Snow blowing will also develop in some areas, resulting in reduced visibility sometimes," the agency said on its website.
The extreme cold weather alert that was issued by the Toronto health doctor on Wednesday is also still in effect.
Extreme cold weather alerts are issued by the city when the temperature is expected to reach -15 C or less, or when the wind is expected to reach -20 ° C or cooler.
Prolonged exposure to such cold temperatures can have serious health consequences, such as hypothermia and freezing.
A heating center is open at Metro Hall, 55 John St., and will remain open until noon on the day the alert is over. The city will also provide traffic tokens at some call centers, as well as extra night access for vulnerable residents. There are also pet spaces in some of the 24-hour resting places, the city tweeted
Everyone is advised to check the weather report before leaving, dressing in layers, stay dry and seek shelter if they spend long periods outside. The city also asks residents to help vulnerable people by calling 311 if there is need for street assistance and 911 if there is an emergency.
Police are also warning drivers to clear the road for snow plows. You can check the website of the city to see which roads have already been plowed and salted.
With files from Rhianna Jackson-Kelso
Claire Floody is a breaking news reporter, working in the Star radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @claire_floody