Bitter cold batters the GTA

Cold weather causes more than 100 vehicle crashes across town

Snow plow cleaning and salting the road
As temperatures dropped, snow plows were out in full force Vatché Ayvazian/Toronto Observer

After a relatively mild winter, the GTA was hit by bone-chilling temperatures causing accidents across the city.

At least 100 vehicle crashes were reported to Toronto Police from 12 p.m on Saturday to 8 a.m on Sunday with drivers sliding into ditches, hitting fallen trees, and running into other vehicles.

About 200 salt trucks, 300 sidewalk plows and 600 road plows responded to the winter storm this weekend, the most since 2015.

“This is Toronto — you’re going to be getting those days and when those days come we respond,” said a road plow driver in the GTA who wouldn’t give his name.

“People think it’s easy but it’s not,” he said. “I saw a family whose car was stuck at a CIBC parking lot and I went over there and helped them.”

Despite the penetrating cold and its undeniable sting, some people in the GTA were able to embrace the weather.

“I don’t think it’s too bad I’m wearing lots layers and I’m here spending time with family,” said a woman bowling with her family at World Bowl.

Frigid temperatures and winds gusting from 40 to 70 km/h accompanied the snow making it extremely cold with the windchill.

Both the Toronto District School Board and the Catholic District School Board cancelled bus service on Monday out of concerns that the cold temperature and slippery roads could delay travel and cause accidents on the road.

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Posted: Jan 21 2019 12:51 pm
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