UPDATE: Toronto digs out after reports of as much as 28cm of snowfall in some areas

Snow plows are making their way to clear the city's side streets

Residents in Toronto are digging out from mid-week dumping of snow, reported by one source to be as much as 28cm of accumulation in some areas of the city.

According to Toronto Transportation Services, anywhere from 18 to 23cms blanketed the city over an 18 hour period.

That forced a number of cancellations and closures through Wednesday afternoon.

The slippery road conditions caused by the accumulation caused the cancellation of classes at colleges around the GTA, as well as evening programs at TDSB schools and Greater Toronto Hockey League games to be postponed.

Police closed a several roads over the course of the day, including Pottery Road, which at the time authorities called 'impassable.'

Director of Toronto Transportation Services, Peter Noehammer, says the ploughs, salters and sanders have made the rounds several times on the highways and main city streets but the sidestreets, in general, are not in good shape.

A lot of homeowners who have no choice but to park their cars on the street will find if their vehicle hasn't been ploughed in, soon will be.  And while it is a bylaw violation to throw the snow out onto the road, a lot of people do it on sidestreets and that adds to the problems for motorists.

At Pearson International,  officials say operations are going well this morning but due to weather in some American cities, delays are possible. Contact your airline for your flight status..

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  1. Sean posted on 02/05/2014 09:54 AM

    Well where the hell were they then?

    Apparently they made a decision NOT to plow the roads.

    This is criminally negligent behavior that has recklessly endangered the public. The city manager is ultimately responsible and he should be fired.
    1. DW posted on 02/05/2014 02:28 PM
      @Sean TTC currently reporting six routes that are on diversion because roads not serviced with brine, salt or ploughs.

      Bring back the car tax to pay for this service. Another foolish Ford foible.

      Remember that Elmer Safety Elephant reminds you not to j-walk!
    2. John posted on 02/05/2014 03:14 PM
      @DW Yeah, blame Ford & the car tax - how about everyone pay their fair share of property tax instead of foisting the burden on a select few?
    3. Mark posted on 02/05/2014 04:43 PM
      @Sean Ummm... I believe the roads are being plowed. They can only do so much when the roads are full of cars. Perhaps a cup of herbal tea will help settle you down.
    4. dama posted on 02/06/2014 04:07 PM
      @DW Ya Ya ya.. blame Rob Ford on everything that is negative...

      You think City Hal used the car tax for road services ?? you are freaking naive.. how about the SRT closed from 12.30 to 3 pm yesterday so that the track can be cleared for the evening after work service? can you imagine the LRT were built and snow caused the track to fail.. Subway is the WAY and Rob Ford is right all along....
  2. Frankie posted on 02/05/2014 10:14 AM
    It's all about saving money. Rather than sending crews out twice they'll wait until the snow ends then have their crews out
  3. john posted on 02/05/2014 10:36 AM
    well thats what u get for letting the councils strip the mayor of his powers and let them run a muck . soon we will get the chance to get rid of them in a election make the votes count .
    1. Robert posted on 02/05/2014 12:05 PM
      @john Actually that was a cost-cutting measure implemented while Rob Ford had his full powers -- much like the reduction in the forestry budget that probably cost us a few power lines and roads blocked by fallen trees by or at least left roads unblocked by fallen trees.
  4. Karl Burgin posted on 02/05/2014 11:55 AM
    "Because of the snow, the TTC has been forced to cancel service on the SRT between 12:30 and 3pm while they try to keep the tracks clear and switches from icing up."

    Brad Ross: "He says the subway is operating as usual, with no delays. "

    Well, thank goodness we're no longer investing in LRTs all over the place. God forbid we take the more sensible option over being cheap.
    1. tanjo posted on 02/05/2014 12:19 PM
      @Karl Burgin Oh, I don't know. An underground LRT would work .. and would still be cheaper :)

      Is the new subway all underground?
    2. Frankie posted on 02/05/2014 12:26 PM
      @Karl Burgin I believe the portions of existing subway above ground may also cause havoc, as would streetcars.
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 02/05/2014 12:26 PM
      @tanjo Maybe- but it will have to come above-ground sometime.

      You are very cheeky- you know that right ;p
  5. DW posted on 02/05/2014 01:58 PM
    No ploughs until 5 cm ............. which means many main streets don't see salt and ploughs until 10 cm ........... many bus routes never get plough properly ...........yep going cheap with the Fords

    Interesting that when our boy got picked up for jaywalking at the Shell Station in Coquitlam, she was so close to the Skytrain station ............. he should have taken a ride to see modern rapid transit solution not a fifties subway solution ........... he would have loved Skytrain (totally automated ..... no pesky employees ) ............ oh yeah Vancouver now has more km of rapid transit than Toronto

    They started with the Expo Line (built for Expo 86) (a reason why you hold these kind of events), followed by expansion over the Fraser River with a spectacular bridge to take transit to Surrey, then the Millenium line (the one near our hero's favourite bar), then two legs of the Canada line (built for 2010 Olympics....geez radical idea) with an Airport link and now the Evergreen line (where our friend stumbled through the construction markers)..................yep but we are going with 50s subway technology

    Real thinkers from Etobicoke go cheap on snow removal and transit
    1. walter posted on 02/05/2014 02:44 PM
      @DW I have no idea what your point is, but you are correct (almost).

      Vancouver will have the longest rapid transit system in Canada in 2 years time, and they started a mere 30 years ago.

      Vancouver used automated elevated transit. Automated means that trains could run all night to keep the snow cleared from the rails.

      If Toronto would have used this right from the start, we could have built the Eglinton line elevated from Pearson to Jane, then underground from Mount Dennis to Leslie and Don Mills, and then elevated to Kennedy, and then through the SRT alignment to Malvern - for less money than the current Eglinton LRT and B-D subway extension plans.
    2. Frankie posted on 02/05/2014 04:04 PM
      @DW Re Expo, rather than holding the event we could use the Billions we'd have lost towards transit.
    3. Mark7 posted on 02/05/2014 04:40 PM
      @DW Alberta oilsands make a lot of money. I live in Etobicoke and all our sided streets are already plowed.

  6. Tara posted on 02/05/2014 04:13 PM
    This happened to my brothers one time. They we're all out playing Air-soft wars or camping or doing what boys do out in the woods right before winter, and it snowed on them overnight! They we're stuck out there in their tactical clothing with their fake guns an able to drive home! It was funny for us back in our heated homes with hot chocolate!
  7. Mark7 posted on 02/05/2014 04:37 PM
    All our side streets are already plowed. Thanks Rob Ford!

    1. Karl Burgin posted on 02/06/2014 10:41 AM
    2. Mark7 posted on 02/06/2014 03:17 PM
  8. DW posted on 02/06/2014 12:26 AM
    The new standard for ploughing in Toronto is track bare ............. about the same condition as Hwy 17 The Trans-Canada at Nipigon
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