Bitter or biting, frigid or frosty, nipping or numbing, it doesn’t matter how you try to describe it: It’s just cold — and extremely slippery.

Plunging temperatures over the weekend turned puddles of slush pooling across sidewalks and streets into a massive — though rather patchy — skating rink, sending people skidding and sliding as they walked around the city.


Alexander Philbert, 13, did a little two-step and then steadied himself by waving his arms as he hit one of those patches on Dowling Avenue just south of Queen Street West last night.

He said he did not get hurt, but by 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon Toronto EMS had received 66 calls for falls and had taken 55 to hospital by ambulance.

Salt won’t melt ice and snow below –13 C, said Peter Noehammer, director of transportation services with the City of Toronto.


  • Today’s high will be about –7 C, the wind chill will make it feel like –12 C. In the morning it will feel like –19 C, said Sandy Radecki, climatologist with Environment Canada. We can also expect up to 10 centimetres of snow.

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