Most of Canada was torn off on Tuesday from severe winter weather ranging from extreme frost in Alberta to an ice storm that drives a road across South Ontario.
Strong winds roared up to 80 km per hour in the area of Big Toronto in the morning before the city was hit with up to 20 centimeters of snow, rain and ice pellets until the evening. Traffic across the city was blocked, visibility was reduced, and airport flights were delayed or canceled.
"There were absolutely no cars at the Quay Queen," said Scott Milroy, a city citizen. He had fallen into the center of his condominium, taking care of his own children and about 30 people in the Party Hall of the building after the schools were closed for the day.
Several winter storms have already flooded the city this season. In January, Toronto saw about 63 cm of snow, compared to about 5 centimeters in December. Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist from Environment Canada, said this winter was unusually difficult because the extreme climatic conditions started late, compared to storms last year, which began in December and ended much earlier in the season.
Mr. Cheng said the storms on Tuesday were caused by a "low color" where the meteorological system was formed, and had accumulated moisture and heat from the Gulf of Mexico before boarding Canada. ,
The Toronto District School Board was among many who canceled all hours and bus routes of the day, an unusual move for an organization that said it had not completed all closure plans since 2011.
Other tips that left school for the day were the Thames Valley District School Administration, the Hamilton-Wentworth County School Board, and the Governor's Guilds of Peel and the Waterloo District.
In addition to school closures, Toronto's libraries and leisure centers were closed and all classes were canceled at all GTA universities and colleges. Mark Mills, head of Toronto's transport service, said there were staff in the city who "worked 24 hours a day" to make sure the roads were salty and clean.
The small power interruptions hit neighborhoods in Scarborough, North York and Euthycco, where there are "large, mature trees that have the ability to [fall] "said Torrey Gus, spokesman for Toronto Hydro.
Provincial police in Ontario reported 60 car accidents in the GTA in 4 hours. in Tuesday. URP sergeant Carrie Schmidt noted that although their number was slightly higher than usual, it could have been much worse if there was more traffic on the roads.
Services in nearby towns like Hamilton were also affected. The intense weather forced the city's administrative offices to close in the afternoon, and schools, recreation centers and health care facilities also closed their doors.
In the western part of the country, Environment Canada issued extreme cold water warnings in several regions in Alberta. The meteorological agency has announced that wind values will drop between minus 40 ° C and minus 45 ° C throughout the week in late evenings and in the morning.
Red Deer, Alta., Is one of the affected cities. It does not have a 24-hour shelter with on-site help services that meet the needs of people living in homelessness [the] city, "according to the city's website.
The Safe Harbor Society, the frontline organization of homelessness, addiction and mental health in Red Deer, offers some relief with its winter day warming center. About 125 people visit the center every day to get warm, said Safe Harbor CEO Kath Hoffman.
But with cold temperatures, Safe Harbor's night shelters have a capacity.
"I have been the CEO for 14 years, and for 14 winters I was wondering how we will shelter all the people we need in the Red Deer," said Hoffman.
"We are just trying to make sure that we do what we can as safely as we can and with as much respect as we can," she said. "And so many other people in the community.
While temperatures along the B-Alberta border are a bit warmer, the snow warnings are in place. Fernie, B.C., will be hit hardest on Tuesday with expected snowfall between 25 and 35 cm.
But Jicke Dorki, executive director of Tourism Feni, said the business is working as usual.
"Feni gets over 30 feet of snow per season per year, so we are very accustomed [it]"We all get brightened because we are a skiing town," said Mrs. Djoki. The snowshoes at Fernie were at 4:00 on Tuesday.
The effects of the snowfall were greater on the southern coast of the BC and the island of Vancouver, where most schools were closed on Tuesday. Public transport was interrupted, and drivers were called to stay away from the roads while the snowstorm covered the region.
The speech ceremony of the throne in the BC. Legislative power in Victoria has also been diminished over time. The military honor guard, the ceremonial cannon soaps, and the show of the Canadian Force group did not take place.
Environment Canada said that between 10 and 20 centimeters of snow has accumulated on the island of Vancouver with higher volumes near Victoria, while subway Vancouver remains under snow warning.
DJ Lawrence is a volunteer with a Vancouver program that coincides with people with limited mobility in the Hastings area with neighbors ready to help shovel snow. He said that the "Snow Angels" helped clear the roads.
"It's fun, it's a good exercise, and you can help people. This is a good example for your children, "says Mr. Lawrence.
Mr. Lawrence has been named five times this week by the city to help clean the sidewalks for his neighbors. Altogether 177 requests have been received from residents who need Snow Angel services for the past three days.
Back in South Ontario, Mr. Cheng said the rampant time quickly moved to parts of Northeast Ontario, the Ottawa Valley and Quebec later in the day – all expected to get up to 40 centimeters of snow on Wednesday. The Governing Council of Ottawa-Carletton and Catholic School in Ottawa announced in advance that the school was canceled for Wednesday.
The night storm sneaked into parts of the harbors.
"Of course, we are now in the biggest part," Cheng said. "But … we still have at least a month … to go with this winter season.
With files from the Canadian press