On Thursday Toronto got hit with one of the most intense blizzards I have seen in a long time. It was by far the worst storm of the winter. The high winds and heavy snow combined to make it feel like a snowmaking machine was aimed right at your face. The ambient temperature actually wasn’t that cold, but the wind chill was nasty. I thought my hands were going to fall off after being outside for 30 seconds without gloves to take these pictures. There was even thunder and lightning – phenomena that I’ve never experienced in association with a winter storm before.
Within about an hour of the storm’s brutal and sudden arrival, traffic flow had ground to a halt. For many people a commute that normally took an hour took 4 hours or more. I was glad I didn’t have to drive anywhere.