Due to a winter storm, UTM has announced that it is closing its campus at 4:00 pm today. Additionally, both UTSC and UTM are cancelling classes that start at that time or later.
Some university services, including shuttle buses, will also be disrupted as a result of the storm. However, UTSG remains open, and classes have not been cancelled on the St. George campus.
The city of Mississauga is expected to see 10–15 centimetres of snow by early Thursday morning, and Scarborough will see a total of 15-20 centimetres of snowfall, with the majority of it falling overnight. Forecasters are expecting 10–15 centimetres of snowfall in Toronto.
The storm is expected to end early tomorrow morning, January 26.
UTM campus and service closures
At 2:36 pm, UTM tweeted that its campus would shut down starting at 4:00 pm. Both on-campus activities and online classes beginning at that time or later are cancelled.
The 4:00 pm closure affects most campus buildings, including the UTM library and the Recreation, Athletics, and Wellness Centre. Residences will remain open, but the university has asked students and staff not to come to campus unless they live in residence or are involved in the delivery of essential services.
In addition, evening shuttle buses are cancelled. The last shuttle bus from UTM to UTSG will depart at 5:15 pm, and the last bus from UTSG to UTM will depart at 6:15 pm. The last bus from UTM to Sheridan College departed at 3:15 pm, and the last bus from Sheridan College to UTM will depart at 4:15 pm.
UTSC class cancellations, TTC closures
At 1:47 pm, UTSC announced that it would be cancelling all classes and tutorials beginning at 4:00 pm or later. The Scarborough campus remains open, although “campus services will be reduced.” The UTSC Library and the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre will close early at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm, respectively.
According to the TTC, the Line 3 Scarborough Rapid Transit system is currently operating, but as the weather worsens, it may be replaced by buses. A number of bus stops across the city are also out of service, with more to go out of service overnight.
Resources and updates
Three city-operated warming centres — in Scarborough, North York, and downtown Toronto — will be open beginning at 7:00 pm. In Mississauga, the In From The Cold Program operates at the Christ First United Church gymnasium from 9:30 pm to 7:30 am nightly in the winter. The program offers people experiencing homelessness a place to sleep. Walk-ins are accepted for all centres.
To view the latest information about campus closures, students can visit U of T’s Campus Status webpage or Twitter account. The university will provide further campus status updates by 6:00 am tomorrow morning. For TTC service updates and alerts, students can visit the TTC’s website or check @TTCnotices on Twitter.