Toronto was hit with the biggest snowstorm of the year and here’s what to expect next

A snow covered street is seen following a snow storm in Toronto, Saturday, March 4, 2023. Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for much of southern Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Arlyn McAdorey


Environment Canada advised there was a winter storm headed to the Greater Toronto Area yesterday. Advisories were spot on, and now the city is recovering under a “major snowstorm condition.”

Toronto and surrounding cities underwent a wet and heavy snowstorm, leaving some roads buried in over 30 cm of snow, Friday evening into Saturday morning. 

Scarborough experienced 32 cm of snowfall, Vaughan 30 cm, Brampton 27.5 cm, Oshawa 26.9 while Burlington received 18.7cm and Barrie 17 cm, according to Environment Canada’s weather summaries report this morning.  

Some subway services stopped temporarily, there were road collisions reported all over the city, vehicles stuck in the snow, and reports referring to the rare snowfall, including thunder and lightning known as “thundersnow.” 

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Thunder was even captured striking the CN Tower.

The city issued an advisory for major snowstorm conditions, prohibiting parking on signed snow routes, primarily in the downtown core and streetcar routes, for 72 hours until the snow is removed. 

Parking in designated snow routes may result in a $200 fine or your vehicle may be towed by Monday afternoon. 

As of this afternoon, Environment Canada says conditions are clearing. Storm winds measured at 30 km/h have subsided, and we are expected to see a high of 2 C. 



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