Toronto’s snow-clearing operations will last up until at least the end of the week as the city expects to get more snow Tuesday night.
City officials told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday that the city-wide clean-up was still at its early stages. Meanwhile, Environment Canada reported that the city can expect two more centimetres of snow tonight.
“You have to do the plowing first and then begin the snow removal and it is something that is going to take time. This is a storm that ranks among the biggest in recent history in the city,” Mayor John Tory said on Tuesday.
“Work is ongoing 24 hours a day until the job is done. Six-hundred road plows, 200 salt truck, 360 sidewalk plows are out.”
The mayor said plowing will mostly continue into tomorrow, and the rest of the week will focus on snow removal.
Toronto Mayor John Tory declared a “major snowstorm condition” after the blizzard struck Toronto and other regions of southern Ontario on Monday.
“This was a big storm with a large amount of snow, a big storm in the historical context. So it is going to take a big clean-up effort and that’s going to take some time,” Tory said on Tuesday.
The mayor said that some snow plows are facing challenges due to parked and abandoned cars on city roads. The City of Toronto has stated that it prohibits parking on designated snow routes for the next 72 hours, at the risk of fines or towing in order to allow snowplows to clear the roads.
Traffic on major highways and roadways in Toronto and across the Greater Toronto Area remained snarled on Tuesday, including Highway 401, due to vehicles stuck in mounds of snow.
The TTC has stated that about 300 or 400 buses were still stuck in the snow around Toronto on Tuesday. Service has been reduced on the transit network.
Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board declared a snow day on Tuesday.
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