Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Flurries could make winter 3rd snowiest ahead of 1964-65, which saw 190.6 centimetres.

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Flurries could make winter 3rd snowiest
City workers dump snow removed from Toronto streets on a huge pile at Unwin Dr. in the Portlands.
March 25, 2008

Staff Reporter

Snow forecast for today promises to snatch third place for the current winter in Toronto's snowfall record book.

With a light dusting early yesterday, total accumulation for this winter hit 189 centimetres, said senior Environment Canada climatologist David Phillips.

That locked in fourth place – ahead of the 188.9 centimetres in 1971-72.

A further 5 centimetres in today's forecast would move the current winter into third place, ahead of 1964-65, which saw 190.6 centimetres.

"(Tuesday) we will get the bronze medal," Phillips said, "and we'll be aiming for the silver."

Currently holding second place is 1949-50 with 196.4 centimetres.

The snowiest winter on record, since measurements began at Pearson airport in 1937, is that of 1938-39 with 207.4 centimetres – "the gold measure," Phillips said.

That means another 18-plus centimetres of snow must fall on Toronto if this winter is to seize top spot.

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