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Toronto police caution drivers as icy weather persists

Snow covered Nathan Phillips Square on a late spring snowfall April 11, 2013.

Moe Doiron/The Globe and Mail

Toronto will be waiting for spring a bit longer (until Friday at the earliest). But even with a recent spurt of poor weather, all systems in the city are up and running, with no outages or major disruptions.

More freezing rain is expected overnight and Toronto Police are watching the roads for collisions and fallen trees or power lines. Freezing rain Thursday morning caused several accidents, with cars sliding into ditches and guard rails, resulting in minor injuries.

Toronto police are asking drivers to adjust to the conditions and proceed slowly, give other cars lots of space, and extend braking periods. Drivers are also asked to avoid switching lanes excessively.

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Environment Canada says more freezing rain is expected for the evening with a 60 per cent chance of snow or ice pellets. There is also a risk of thunderstorms through to Friday morning.

Civic authorities are advising the homeless to take shelter, and will be relaxing service restrictions. An extreme weather alert is in effect and beds will be made available in shelters. No one will be asked to leave a shelter if it is full.

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