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On this day 73 years ago Toronto had a historically big snow storm (PHOTOS)

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DH Toronto Staff Dec 11, 2017 12:55 pm 1,613

While Toronto woke up to a weather warning from Environment Canada on the morning on December 11, many didn’t know that this day marks a special historical significance.

Today, the weather statement expects the city to see 5 to 10 cm, with poor winter driving conditions likely throughout the afternoon.

But 5 to 10 cm is not very much compared to the snow Toronto had on this day in 1944.

According to the Toronto Railway Museum, the worst snowstorm ever to hit Toronto began on the early of December 11 that year.

By the next day, 20.5″ (or 52 cm) of snow had fallen, paralyzing the city for days. Twenty-one people died as a result of the record storm, 13 of the deaths came as a result of heart attacks caused by overexertion as people shoveled snow to dig themselves out of their homes, according to History.

“A streetcar on Queen Street was knocked over by the wind and snow, trapping 170 people and killing one person,” states History’s website. “All traffic and businesses in the city were shut down.”

So while we are expecting our first snowfall this season, it is not nearly as horrifying as 1944.

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DH Toronto Staff

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