Toronto Highways Open For Weekend, Streets and Airport Still Have Problems
A day after close to 20 cm of snow came down, the weather warmed slightly, turning it to freezing rain. Less than six hours after that 30 cm of snow dumped down on the GTA, shutting down the city for more than a day. While most of the main roads were expected to be clear by this morning in preparation for the weekend commute, most side streets have yet to be cleared and over a thousand collisions were reported.
Pearson International Airport is still experiencing delays and problems due to the weather.
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An army of snow fighters – all 1,600 of them – from the 200 salt trucks, 600 snow plows and 300 sidewalk plows, took to the streets last night to clear major roads and highways for this morning's commute.
Peter Noehammer, director of transportation services for the City of Toronto, said it has cost an estimated $4 million out of the city's annual $65 million snow removal budget to clean up after the storm that began yesterday and continued overnight.
After a record-setting storm dumped 30 centimetres of snow on the city, travellers are being forced to make themselves comfortable at Pearson International Airport. Whether stretching out on chairs or finding a cozy corner, some would-be passengers are starting their second day waiting for a flight.
The latest bout of snow and blowing snow that hit the area just before rush hour Thursday morning has claimed one life in the Outaouais - and sent cars and trucks into medians and ditches across Eastern Ontario and West Quebec.
Toronto - A winter storm warning was cancelled for Toronto and the GTA, but the snowy roads caused delays again during the morning rush hour, Thursday
The OPP was reporting to an accident a minute during the height of the big blow and estimates there have been more than a thousand collisions since the flakes started falling at 4am Wednesday morning.
Things were so bad in Dufferin County, officials were forced to close all the roads in the area - including to tow trucks and snow plows. The thoroughfares were finally back in business by noon.