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No room in Toronto budget to clean up white Christmas

With the year almost over, the city of Toronto has only about $10million left in its $83 million snow removal budget for the calendaryear, about enough to handle two large snowfalls.

Here’s one reason to hope for a green Christmas: We can’t afford snow.

With the year almost over, the city of Toronto has only about $10 million left in its $83 million snow removal budget for the calendar year, about enough to handle two large snowfalls.

The good news is, it doesn’t look all that snowy over the next while.

“The forecast through the middle of next week doesn’t look too bad,” said Peter Noehammer, transportation services director for the city.

Overnight into Christmas morning, flurries are expected, changing over to ice pellets, possibly some freezing rain and then rain as southerly winds warm things up.

“Our salters will be out, both our own staff and contracted staff, so we’ll be able to respond to that,” Noehammer said. “It doesn’t look like accumulation, just icy conditions.”

In the November-December period last year, and the year before, downtown Toronto was pounded with about 65 centimetres of snow. This season? A scant 3.2 centimetres fell on Dec. 9.

 
 
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