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Oh Crap! It's 5 a.m. & finally snowing in Toronto!

By HiMY SYeD

Winter 2009-2010 hit the snooze button, skipped November, and finally decided to show up for work. The snowfall expected circa midnight was fashionably late, finally hitting the city at about 4 a.m.

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Weather knocked out power in several places before Toronto Hydro crews got the juice back on, notably

  • Weston Road and Davenport
  • Sheppard & Kennedy in Scarborough
  • Don Mills & York Mills
  • Bay Street between Adelaide to Richmond in the Financial District

Peter Noehammer is the City of Toronto’s director of transportation services.

Speaking on various radio stations this morning he highlighted how the City is getting a handle on things plus some recommendations.

Salters headed out at 2 a.m. with equipment being dispatched to all roads. In priority high order roads, followed by expressways and high pedestrian routes, then finally local roads. As the snow turns to rain, they’ll wait it out a bit and deal with the slush later in the morning after the rush dies down.

They’re trying a few new things as a pilot project:

  • A few sidewalks will get anti-brine in a few places
  • The Martin Goodman Trail will be cleared in more spots that it was last year
  • A new mixture of salt and water, leaving a small residual layer of salt, just enough to prevent ice from forming

Noehammer  also reminded everyone to be mindful of conditions, keep safe distances from fellow drivers because tailgating is lame when you can’t really stop on a dime. When driving alongside or behind The City’s largest snow clearing equipment be mindful of their size and their visibility. They have blind spots and may not be able to see your smaller vehicle.

In downtown, the City can’t clean sidewalks mechanically, so they’re asking residents to clean their sidewalks. It also happens to be a By-Law requirement. As Ben Wicks used to say, Be Nice, Clear Your Ice !

I walked the stretch in between Bloorcourt and the The Annex before the snow turned to rain.

It wasn’t long before having one of those Only in Toronto moments, thus the inspiration for this post’s title:

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See more images of Toronto’s first snowfall of the season captured between 4 and 5 a.m. this morning after the jump…

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Palmerston Boulevard looking south from Koreatown.

The Snow Tiger Cavalcade of Lights sitting on the Traffic Island bordering Koreatown and Christie Pits was finally in its element as the snow began to fall.

The Snow Tiger Cavalcade of Lights sitting on the Traffic Island bordering Koreatown and Christie Pits Park was finally in its element as the snow began to fall.

Every winter, folks wonder how this corner ice cream shop survives the winter months. And every winter I see the shop packed with people picking up hot chocolates after a day's worth of tobaggin one of the city's most accessible hills steps away in Christie Pits Park. Now that a Tim Horton's opened two doors north, we'll have to wait and see how this plays out

Every winter, folks wonder how this corner ice cream shop survives the winter months. And every winter I see the shop packed with people picking up hot chocolates or hot dogs after a day's worth of tobogganing one of the city's most accessible hills steps away in Christie Pits Park. Now that a Tim Horton's opened two doors north, we'll have to wait and see how this bit of competition plays out.

Yesterday, you'd never notice how many bikes were locked to rings as you'd walk past them. This morning, you notice them everywhere.

Ketchup and Mustard. Yesterday, you'd never notice how many bikes were locked to rings as you'd walk past them. This morning, you notice them everywhere.

Have a seat?

Ever want a front row seat to watch a winter storm?

It's was beginning to get a bit weird having Xmas trees for sale and no snow to help move the product. At this spot across from Bathurst Station, proceed from tree sales go towards the Out of The Cold program which turns excess space into makeshift shelters for when it's too damn cold for the homeless to remain outside.

Its was beginning to get a bit weird having Xmas trees for sale and no snow to help move the product. At this spot across from Bathurst Station, proceeds from tree sales go towards the Out of The Cold program which turns excess space into makeshift shelters for when it's just too damn cold for the homeless to remain outside.

The Bluenight Vomit Ccomet rockets past Honest Ed's.

The Bluenight Vomit Comet rockets past Honest Ed's.

Snow . . .

Snow . . .

. . . flakes.

. . . Flakes.

The Rocket & a suit case.

Suit . . .

Many airlines have a two bag limit, with this mornings delay or cancellations of at least 100 flights out of Pearson, bags or no bags, it wouldn't really matter.

. . . Cases. Many airlines have a two bag limit, with this mornings delay or cancellations of at least 100 flights out of Pearson, bags or no bags, it wouldn't really matter.

Newspaper boxes and Bloor & Bathurst: Eye, Now, and the Little Paper that Grew.

Newspaper boxes at Bloor & Bathurst: Eye, Now, and the Little Paper that Grew.

The Howland Avenue weathervane... Why not? It'll do.

The Howland Avenue acorn street sign now a weathervane... Why not? It'll do.

The snow turned to rain as it approached 5 a.m. as I spied this cyclist slip a few times biking past The Brunny. Hopefully everyone takes it easy today and the best of the crappy day that it's beginning to look like.

The snow turned to rain as it approached 5 a.m. I spied this cyclist slip a few times biking past The Brunny. Take it easy today and make the best of the first blast of winter.

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Your best ones may be featured in an upcoming TOgraphy collection.

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