Thundersnow Hit Toronto as City Pummelled by Major Winter Storm; Up to 35 cm of Snow
Toronto was hit by a major winter storm that dumped up to 35 cm of snow, making it the largest snowfall this winter.
Environment Canada’s senior climatologist, Dave Phillips, warned that Torontonians could expect between five to eight cm of snow per hour during peak hours, along with gusts of winds of up to 70 km/h, with the snowfall to continue for up to 16 hours.
Toronto Hydro reported scattered power outages, while Toronto Police warned about exposed and slippery road conditions.
Expressways became bare and side-streets turned into icy mazes.
The city’s clearing operations were anticipated to last through early next week.
The TTC cancelled its earlier scheduled subway closure, and activated additional bus services to maintain transport during the severe weather conditions, given that all city-operated community recreation centres would be shut on Saturday.
The University of York and Toronto Metropolitan University also announced campus closures, and airlines like WestJet and Air Canada were compelled to cancel and reschedule some of their flights.
Despite the storm, some unusual events such as thundersnow occurred, given the combination of significant lift and convection in the right atmospheric conditions.