The cold makes people do funny things. GO Transit blasts its tracks with glorified blow driers. Sand replaces salt as the street slickness solution. Trains are shuttled inside for shelter.

All because of a blast of Arctic air. And it’s only going to get worse: Tomorrow’s high is
–17 C.

The city issued an extreme cold weather alert yesterday, opening an additional 160 beds in shelters throughout Toronto. That’s on top of the 3,800 beds already available.

Outreach efforts, meanwhile, were tripled. Six staff, divided among three vans, spent the night driving the homeless to shelters throughout the city.

The cold weather alert is expected to last until Saturday. Until then, the city is expected to stay in emergency mode.

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