Toronto set to open warming centres Friday after winter storm hits

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The City of Toronto is set to open three warming centres Friday evening in anticipation of a strong winter storm expected to hit the city throughout the holiday weekend.

Centres to open at 7 p.m., but temperatures are expected to plummet in the morning

An arrow on a sign near a doorway shows the building is a warming centre open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Toronto is set to open three warming centres Friday evening in anticipation of a winter storm that’s expected to hit southwestern Ontario throughout the coming holiday weekend. (City of Toronto/Twitter)

The City of Toronto is set to open three warming centres Friday evening in anticipation of a strong winter storm expected to hit the city throughout the holiday weekend.

The centres will open at 7 p.m. according to a tweet Thursday from the city — hours after temperatures are predicted to plummet and make way for damaging winds, snow and possible flash freezes. 

Environment Canada’s latest forecast shows the storm is expected to rear its head Friday morning with rain that changes to blowing snow as the day goes on. Toronto could feel a wind chill as cold as  -20° C in the afternoon — a figure that triggers the city to issue a weather alert and open its warming centres. 

However, city protocol shows warming centres only open at 7 p.m. the day an alert is issued. 

Warming centres will be available for walk-in at:

  • Scarborough Civic Centre at 150 Borough Drive.
  • Metro Hall at 55 John Street.
  • and Mitchell Field Community Centre at 89 Church Avenue.
The news comes after advocates and Coun. Josh Matlow called on the city to open up warming centres immediately ahead of the coming storm. 

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