Oh Crap! It's 5 a.m. & finally snowing in Toronto!
Ben Wicks, Bloor Street West, Bloorcourt, Koreatown, Martin Goodman Trail, Peter Noehammer, Rain, Salt, slush, Snow, The Annex, winter
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.
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:
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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