It’s time once again to head down memory lane, as the anniversary of the last Toronto snowstorm to hit in 1999 is upon us.
It all began with a snowstorm that fell between January 2 and 3 that year, but by the third snow fall on January 13, the storm was soon called “Toronto’s Snowstorm of the Century” by Environment Canada.
There would be a total of 118.4 cm of snow on the ground when it was all over, and by the 13th day of the new year, Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman called for the Canadian army to help the city dig out.
By January 15, about 400 soldiers were on the ground with another 800 standing by in case additional assistance, according to The Weather Network.
Snow-clearing cost the city $70 million that month, more than twice its budget for the entire year.
If you don’t remember the storm, check out these pictures taken by then-Toronto resident Christine Kelly.