From snow to slush: Toronto hit with rain, rising temperatures
Published Monday, February 11, 2013 8:07AM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 11, 2013 9:33PM EST
Days after a massive snowstorm, residents across south central Ontario navigated roads and sidewalks made slushy and slippery by the rain and a spike in temperatures Monday.
After a weekend spent digging out from the massive dumping of snow that fell on the Toronto area Friday, there was no escaping the mess on Monday.
According to Environment Canada, temperatures hovered around 6 C, before they will drop down to a low of -2 C overnight.
And as the temperature dips, the agency expects rain showers to give way to flurries.
As giant snow banks began to melt away, residents tended to their properties to prevent flooding.
East York resident Valimir Stankovic spent Monday afternoon clearing the storm drains outside his bungalow, to keep his basement from flooding.
Freezing rain warnings issued for parts of the GTA ended on Monday morning, but the slippery conditions still prompted some school bus cancellations.
The Canadian Automobile Association responded to more than 1,000 calls for help Monday morning, as road conditions caused a number of collisions.
A GO Transit bus wound up in the ditch on the ramp from the northbound Highway 404 to Elgin Mills Road.
The bus was removed shortly before 8 a.m. Police said there were no injuries as a result of the crash.
In Uxbridge, north of Toronto, a white car slid off the road.
The driver of the car told CTV Toronto the road conditions caused his car to slide into a ditch.
“The snow is too much,” he said as he waited for the tow truck. “I’ve been waiting for a long time.”
In Scarborough at least eight cars faced difficulties scaling a hill near Sheppard Avenue and Meadowvale Road.
“I was worried that somebody would come down the hill and hit me,” said one female driver.
Salt trucks later came through the area to treat the roads.
Environment Canada is forecasting a high of 0 C and a low of -7 C with a 30 per cent chance of flurries for Tuesday.
With a report from CTV Toronto’s John Musselman