George Brown College and Centennial College campuses will be closed Tuesday in anticipation of an icy winter storm expected to hit the city early Tuesday.
George Brown tweeted that child care lab centres will also be closed and continuing education classes will be cancelled for Tuesday evening.
All of Centennial College campuses will be closed, including Ashtonbee, Downsview, Morningside, Progress and Story Arts Centre. The college tweeted that the closures include all daytime and evening classes, child care centres and other services. Campuses are expected to reopen Wednesday.
The proactive closure announcements came after Environment Canada issued a winter storm warning for Toronto, calling for high winds and between 15 and 25 centimetres of snow, ice pellets and possible freezing rain.
“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow,” Environment Canada warned. “Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas.”
Other local schools have not yet announced their plans.
Ryerson and York Universities, as well as Humber College (including the University of Guelph-Humber), have said they are monitoring the weather and will provide an update on campus operations by 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Seneca College will provide an update by 6 a.m. and the University of Waterloo at 6:30 a.m.
Durham College remains open and all activities are expected to continue as scheduled, although the college said it’s keeping a close eye on the weather. As of Monday night, the University of Toronto campuses are expected to be open.
Pearson airport is expecting delays and cancellations and has advised travellers to check in with their airlines to confirm flight statuses before leaving for the airport.
Claire Floody is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @claire_floody