- As residents begin the long process of cleaning up after Monday’s massive snowstorm, there’s still a chance of more snow in Toronto.
- A blizzard swept through the Greater Toronto Area on Sunday night and Monday, closing schools and stranding many drivers for hours.
There’s still a chance of more snow in Toronto as residents begin the long process of cleaning up after Monday’s massive snowstorm.
A blizzard swept through the Greater Toronto Area on Sunday night and Monday, closing schools and stranding many drivers for hours. Because of the storm, the city declared a major snowstorm condition,’ prohibiting drivers from parking or stopping on assigned snow routes.
At least 36 centimeters of snow had gone down on the city of Toronto since about 2 p.m. on Monday.
According to Mayor John Tory, the cleanup effort could take more than 3 days.
“The snow condition is usually declared for 72 hours, but this can be extended beyond that, and it most likely will be extended further than that to some extent because I believe this snow removal work will take time,” Tory said.
According to a city spokesperson, plowing all 5,600 kilometers of sidewalk alone could take at least 12 hours, not including residential streets, transit routes, and expressways.
Environment Canada has raised all weather alerts for the GTA on Monday night. However, according to the agency, there is still a 40% chance of flurries overnight and another 40% chance of flurries Tuesday morning. With winds gusting around 30 and 50 kilometers per hour, there is still a chance of blowing and driving snow this evening.
The overnight low will be around -9 degrees Celsius or about -14 degrees Celsius with the wind chill.
On Tuesday, the cold temperatures will last all day, with a high of -5 C and a wind chill of -16 C.
There will be “periods of winter beginning in the evening” on Tuesday on Tuesday. An additional two centimeters of rain or mixed precipitation could fall on the city overnight, with rain or mixed precipitation possible on Wednesday.
Tomorrow in Toronto, there will be more school closures and transit delays.
On Tuesday, the Toronto District School Board has announced that there would be no in-person or virtual learning. Officials cited poor road conditions, snowdrifts, plowing, and the high likelihood of bus delays as safety concerns.
“With all of this in mind, we have decided to close all schools on Tuesday, January 18, for in-person learning. Live remote or virtual teaching will not be offered to students. “In an email to parents, officials stated.
“Wherever possible, teachers will provide students who wish to continue their education with voluntary classwork via established online platforms. Students may also work on previously assigned work or review previously covered material.”
Some child-care programs may remain open, but families should contact the facilities directly to confirm that they will be open.
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and the York Region District School Board have declared that students will participate in virtual learning on January 18 due to the significant snowfall.
On Tuesday, Go Transit and the UP Express will be limited as Metrolinx cleans up after the storm and conducts safety inspections. Commuters are urged to double-check their schedules ahead of time to avoid delays.
Meantime, the city of Toronto says trash collection will take place as scheduled on Tuesday, though it may take “some time.”
The last time the city received a blizzard warning was in 1993.
Source: CTV News
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