When the snow starts falling later tonight, it might look like ‘snowmageddon.’
But don’t fear: before it gets really bad out there, Toronto’s snow-day plan will kick into gear.
Once the snow starts, the city will send out a fleet of salt trucks to the expressways and main roads. Once that’s done, they’ll move to local roads.
And once the accumulation hits two centimetres, snow plows will hit the expressways. Five centimetres fall, and plows will get to work on main roads. After eight centimetres, they’ll start clearing local roads — but it may take awhile.
The city’s plan will be to finish local road ploughing between 14 and 16 hours after the storm’s ended.
Sidewalks will be cleared where it’s mechanically possible after five centimetres has fallen.
But in the downtown core, where roads are narrower and cars park along the street, homeowners are required to clear their own sidewalks within 12 hours after the storm.
Environment Canada a snowfall warning for much of Southern Ontario, including Toronto, in advance of the storm which is set to begin Thursday, Feb. 7, evening and continue through to Friday.
Toronto is expected to get as much as 25 centimetres of snow between Thursday night and Friday. Environment Canada said.