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article imageWas Toronto's massive snowstorm actually 'snow big deal?' Special

By Andrew Moran     Feb 2, 2011 in Environment
Toronto - Prior to the two-day snowstorm, the Toronto media published reports explaining how bad the storm was going to be. Despite the dire warnings, the "snowmageddon," or "snowpocalypse," has been "snow big deal."
For many it was a blessing; the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto District Catholic School Board cancelled classes, work was called off and a snow day for a lot of people to enjoy. But was the snowstorm in Toronto really that bad to make the middle of the work week halted? For some, not really.
Since the weekend, news media outlets forewarned that a huge snowstorm was heading the way of Southern Ontario. It was expected that most of Ontario from Windsor to Toronto to Ottawa could experience anywhere from 20 to 40 centimetres of the white stuff.
This led to about 300 flight cancellations at Pearson Airport, school closures in the GTA, including George Brown, York, Centennial, Seneca and several others and many deserted intersections in the city; particularly Bay and Bloor Streets and Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue.
By the end of Wednesday, parts of the Greater Toronto Area were hit with approximately 15 centimetres of snow.
“Drier air than expected split [this] system into 2 waves...the first wave went east and the second hung back to the west,” said Adam Stiles, a City News meteorologist.
However, the streets and highways were quite messy, according to the Weather Network. A section of the Gardiner Expressway was closed due to a downed hydro pole, GO Transit operated on a winter adjusted schedule and many vehicles have slid off the road due to snow and icy roads, notes CBC News.
Incidentally, Wednesday’s snow day was also Groundhog Day. Ontario's Wiarton Willie, Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam and New Brunswick's Oromocto Ollie all predicted early springs.
But what does the weather forecast predict? The Weather Network states that from Saturday to Tuesday, approximately 8 to 15 centimetres of snow is expected to hit Toronto.
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