11/20/2014 12:21 EST | Updated 01/20/2015 05:59 EST

Toronto aims to make roads 'as safe as possible' in winter

The city says it did everything it could to deal with a dusting from Mother Nature last night and it is ready to handle whatever gets thrown at it in the months ahead.

Toronto got hit with an early blast of winter on Wednesday at about the same time that drivers began heading home from work.

Delays ensued as vehicles slid around the streets, got stuck and in some cases crashed. Dozens of flights at Pearson airport were delayed or cancelled as a result of the weather.

Denzil Minnan-Wong, the chair of the city's public works and infrastructure committee, said the city deployed a network of salters to treat the roads being blanketed by snow during the evening rush hour.

"The number one thing that we try and do is try and get those salters out to make the roads as safe as possible for people to get home," he said Thursday, during a news conference in which he and other officials outlined the city's plan for its winter operations.

By Thursday morning, the city had reported making four rounds with its salters along its expressways and arterial routes.

Minnan-Wong said he, too, faced issues on his drive home.

"I was caught in that rush hour at that time. It took me longer to get home as well," he said. "And one of the reasons I think it all took us longer to get home because the snow was actually falling during the rush hour and that made it even more difficult."