Following a weekend that saw a record-breaking snowfall in Toronto, city crews say cleanup operations will still continue over the next few days.
This comes as Torontonians woke up to very cold temperatures Monday morning, with the thermostat currently sitting at -14ºC or -21ºC with the wind chill.
However, the cold blast will subside as the mercury is forecast to creep up to -5ºC during the day on Monday and -2ºC on Tuesday before temperatures hover above 0ºC for the rest of the week, according to Environment Canada.
But we'll take any kind of warmth following Saturday’s snowstorm, which blanketed the city with 17.2 cm of snow, a record-breaking daily snowfall for January 18. The greatest snowfall on record so far was in 1987, when Toronto Pearson International Airport recorded 9.4 cm of snow.
Environment Canada Averages and Extremes for January 18
As we ease into the new week, City of Toronto crews continue to clean up the snow-covered streets.
"Salting and plowing operations, in response to Saturday’s storm, on roads, sidewalks, trails and bike lanes are all complete. Cleanup operations will continue over the next few days at parking areas, corners, etc.," a tweet from the City’s winter operations division read."
Remember, while the city is responsible for sidewalk plowing in most parts of the city when this service isn’t available, homeowners and property owners are responsible for clearing ice and snow from nearby and adjacent sidewalks, driveways, parking spaces, steps, ramps, and landings within 12 hours of snowfall to provide safe access for people and vehicles.
If you have yet to do so, you could face a $455 fine plus a $115 surcharge, for a total of $570, if you fail to clear snow from private property, or $100 plus $25 surcharge, for a total of $125, for failing to clear public property, as per the city’s Snow and Ice Clearing Bylaw.
Luckily, temperatures are expected to rise this week, with periods of sunshine expected, which is a welcomed change from the grey skies we've been seeing lately.