During the evening and overnight of Sunday, January 16, 2022 through the morning of January 17 a blizzard warning was in effect for Southern Ontario.
Monday morning, Canadians woke up to a dumping of snow as a major historic winter storm swept through the region. Snow accumulation of 40 to 60 cm fell in the hardest hit areas of the Greater Toronto Area, affecting Copart Toronto (Yard 201). At one point Environmental Canada said there were peak snowfall rates of 8 to 10 centimeters per hour were falling. In addition to the massive amounts of snowfall, there were wind gusts of up to 50 km/h causing reduced visibility.
This blizzard warning was the first issued by the city of Toronto since 1978.
On the following Monday, police were forced to shut down major highways and urged people to stay home and avoid driving if possible. Many people who tried to brave the snow early Monday morning spent hours stuck on the highways in snow.
On January 18, Copart Canada Managing Director Steve Macaluso, General Manager of Cash for Cars Nunzio Russo and Marketing Manager Taylor Bursey went to Yard 201 to help yard staff catch up on receiving after the blizzard delayed operations.
Steve helped shovel walking routes around the building as well as brush off and dig out between cars being received. Nunzio brought his snow blower and blew snow away from vehicles that couldn’t be forked and moved. Taylor helped receive vehicles and clear snow out of no-fork vehicle routes.
We would like to give a big shoutout to Tracy Matusiak who worked in the office and Brian Hele and Bruce Newlove who worked all day in the loaders plowing snow. They braved the blizzard and made it into work at Yard 201 so they could remain open. We would also like to thank all Canadian employees who reported to work and helped maintain operations virtually.