Toronto sees record-breaking snowfall as the city digs out from Monday’s storm

Toronto sees record-breaking snowfall as the city digs out from Monday’s storm

Toronto has a new snowfall record as the city begins to dig out after Monday’s big weather event.

13.6 centimetres of snowfall was recorded, said Monica Vaswani, a meteorologist at Environment Canada.

“This is a record,” said Vaswani “There has never been a daily snowfall that was higher then 13.6 centimetres.”

The last time a significant snowfall occurred this early in the year was Nov. 6, 1951, Environment Canada climatologist Dave Phillips said. That’s when the city was hit with 13.2 centimetres of snow.

“This is a big one,” Phillips said. “It’s a big storm for November. Usually we get big rain events at this time of year rather than snowfalls, and this isn’t even the middle of November yet when it starts to come down lightly.”

It’ll still remain fairly cold for this time of year. Tuesday is expected to be mainly cloudy with a high of -5 C, feeling closer to -15 C with the wind chill. There’s a 40 per cent chance of flurries in the afternoon.

The winter travel advisory has also been lifted.

Toronto Catholic District School Board tweeted Tuesday that there are no school bus cancellations so far.

There are also no major TTC delays so far, but traffic is moving slower than usual, so allow for extra travel time.

The TTC kept crews on standby in case of weather disruptions. Around 7 p.m. on Monday, they tweeted that the planned closure on the Yonge-University line had been called off due to weather conditions.

Local road plowing is scheduled to begin at noon and will continue all day into overnight.

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In other areas of the city, Toronto police reported a “significant” increase in vehicle collisions throughout the day.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said there were more than 400 car crashes Monday.

“Blame it on the drivers, not the weather,” Cst. Schmidt said.

With files from Jacob Lorinc and Ilya Banares

Osobe Waberi is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @OsobeWaberi


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