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Toronto breaks snow record early in the season

Toronto wakes up with the largest snowfall ever recorded, according to Environment Canada.

With 13.6 centimeters on the ground from Tuesday morning, the total accumulation is the largest of this beginning of the year, announced the meteorological agency.

The last time that such an important snowfall occurred at the beginning of the year, it was almost 70 years ago, on November 6, 1951, when the city was hit by 13.2 centimeters of snow, said Environment Canada climatologist Dave Phillips.

"It's a big one," Phillips said. "It's a big storm for November. Usually, we have heavy rain events at this time of the year rather than snowfall, and we are not even in mid-November when the weather begins to fall slightly. "

About 10 centimeters had fallen to 20 hours. Monday evening.

Temperatures are expected to remain fairly cold for this time of year. On Tuesday the sky will be mostly cloudy with a high of -5 ° C, and temperatures near -15 ° C with a chill. There is a 40% chance of flurries in the afternoon.

The winter travel notice has been lifted and there has been no significant delay from the TTC or bus cancellations.

Morning traffic is slower than usual, so plan an additional commute time.

Local snow removal must begin at noon and continue all day.

The TTC night canceled Monday the planned closure of the Yonge-University line due to weather conditions.

In other parts of the city, Toronto police reported a "significant" increase in the number of vehicle collisions throughout the day.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said that there were more than 400 car accidents Monday.

"It's the drivers fault, not the weather," Schmidt said.

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With records of Jacob Lorinc and Ilya Banares

Osobe Waberi is a leading news reporter working in the Star radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @OsobeWaberi


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