As absolutely everyone would have probably guessed, the first full snowfall of 2019 has turned Toronto into a snowy concrete jungle. And, of course, a total nightmare for drivers. As the Ontario snow has passed through the 6ix, drivers face incredibly challenging commutes in the terrible conditions in the dark.

Although the City of Toronto released salt trucks early in the day to ease motorists' pain, Monday, November 11 was one of those days where every effort to ease the problem feels futile.

If you weren't one of the lucky ones able to work from home or even have yourself a little snow day, you probably dealt with some truly awful travelling.

The Toronto Winter Operations Twitter account sent out a tweet letting drivers know that salt trucks would be out all day, making sure the roads were as easy to navigate as possible.

Unfortunately, no number of salt trucks would have been enough on Monday as Toronto was hit with an onslaught.

Toronto was in line to receive record snowfall on Monday, according to reports. It certainly felt like we got most of what was predicted, as the snow fell thick and fast all day long.

It was suggested that those out west of Toronto in areas like Oakville and Burlington could actually see an alarming 15 to 25 centimetres of snow, while Hamilton was thought to be in for a truly incredible 30 centimetres.

Judging from a video posted by Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Kerry Schmidt during the evening rush hour, the snowfall that did end up arriving has caused havoc.

Schmidt tweeted a Periscope video of Ontario's Highway 407 eastbound at Mississauga Road in the GTA and it looks like absolute commute hell, we won't lie.

Schmidt described the scene as "due to a five-vehicle crash," which sounds pretty hairy.

The sudden onset of wintry weather has already claimed lives this winter, most notably that of a tow truck driver who was struck and killed during an Ontario rescue.

Schmidt noted that several snowplows were also trapped by the jam from the 407 incident. That, of course, creates a knock-on effect as roads don't get treated until later than they should.

Schmidt notes delays like this will likely make several hugely busy thoroughfares of GTA traffic almost unusable for periods on Monday evening.

Meanwhile, other footage shot around Toronto and the GTA throughout Monday afternoon and evening further show the extent of the chaos.

 

It sounded from the advanced weather forecasts as though this brutal snow will be passing over sooner rather than later.

And we're pretty grateful, we'll tell you that.

Don't let that fool you, though, whether you're a driver, a cyclist, or a pedestrian. It's a hugely dangerous and difficult time to be out and about, so watch out for yourselves and others.


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