Happy snow season, Toronto. The white stuff we all hate to hate is back!
Winter weather has reemerged from its icy abyss overnight, it seems, to mess up our days, our hair and our abilities to drive all over the city.
With the first measurable snowfall of the season upon us as of Thursday morning, Toronto residents are now free to embark upon their annual mass-griping session.
Snow. In Canada. Can you believe it?
Flurries should continue throughout the morning across the GTA, according to Environment Canada, tapering off mid-day before coming back with a vengeance.
In total, Toronto can expect to see about 2 cm worth of snow accumulation on the ground by Thursday night — which, if you haven't heard, will be very cold with a windchill-boosted "feels like" temperature of -8 C.
We'll be living under the constant threat of flurries until at least Monday, according to the federal weather agency, though the earlier special weather statement warning of dangerous road conditions has been called off.
Maybe it shouldn't have been.
Accident by the Union Station in Toronto, this is a slow speed area , how fast was the black SUV going to rear end like that. Maybe the first snow... pic.twitter.com/LqbAhKXNe1— SoDeep B(সুদীপ) (@SoDeep14) November 7, 2019
Judging by their tweets, many residents weren't prepared for snow. Not yet.
Nooooooooooo snow pls go away 😭 pic.twitter.com/1XpzMpxsYp— negicodes.js (@negicodes) November 7, 2019
The TTC is a total mess, as it often is when weather conditions are even slightly out of the ordinary.
This, in turn, has people raging out over how the TTC can't seem to function under a little bit of snow.
Some people are reticent to go outside at all — and, after last winter, can you blame them?
Me: wakes up and sees snow on the floor— saaadddgyal🏁💙 (@kshawnaaa) November 7, 2019
Also me: pic.twitter.com/gyaEtLsk9W
Others are charmed by the pretty white stuff.
First snow of the winter, this morning in Toronto. Hope I’m still as enchanted come February. pic.twitter.com/m2R2tUTQv4— Elizabeth White (@Celtique) November 7, 2019
It is, after all, a sign of good cheer to come.
The City of Toronto is sending out salt trucks to deal with slippery roads in some parts of the city. People are nonetheless being reminded all over the place to drive carefully.
It's not officially winter yet but the first ❄️ is here! Give yourself extra time, slow down and don’t drive distracted. #SeeSnowGoSlow #snow #toronto #winteriscoming #ONStorm pic.twitter.com/kLKmdIiyVb— Humber River Hospital (@HRHospital) November 7, 2019
"Even for the fully prepared, the first measurable snowfall of the season was still a big shock to the system across southern Ontario," writes The Weather Network.
"The first flakes were already flying amid quickly falling temperatures on Wednesday, with a wet snow lingering into the early hours on Thursday," the Weather Network continues.
"Another and much stronger blast will target the traditional snow belt areas later in the day, with dangerous lake-effect snow lingering all the way through to the weekend."
On behalf of the City of Toronto, I have declared an Official Snow Acknowledgement. Under the solemn powers granted to me under this Acknowledgement, I may permit City staff to tsk tsk, look out the window repeatedly, and/or to think of better days ahead.— Bert Xanadu (@MovieMayor) November 7, 2019
Stay warm, friends. It's only going to get worse from here on out.
by Lauren O'Neil via blogTO