On Friday morning, an observant neighbour saw a man lying in a snowbank and called 911. Paramedics rushed to the scene in Scarborough just before 8 a.m. and now the man is recovering in hospital.
Police said it looked like the man, who is in his 40's, had been outside in the cold for a lengthy period and his conditions were life threatening mid-morning.
Wayde Lansing is with Toronto EMS and says when temperatures are below the freezing mark it doesn't take long for hypothermia to set in.
“There's also some issues that could lead up to it and could affect the time of the hypothermia and that would be the age of the individual, the medical history of the individual and of course how they're dressed for the elements.”
Early Friday morning, temperatures were hovering around the -11 degree mark, but with the windchill it felt closer to -20.
With files from Andrea Stockton