Environment Canada lifts winter storm warning for Ottawa – Ottawa


After a windy snowstorm dumped about 20 centimetres of fresh powder on Ottawa overnight Tuesday, Environment Canada has terminated the winter storm warning for the national capital.

But the snow hasn’t let up yet and the national weather agency predicts another five centimetres will fall before tapering off into flurries later Wednesday.

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More blowing snow is in Environment Canada’s forecast for the afternoon, with winds gusting up to 60 kilometres per hour.

Wednesday will reach a high of -1 C, with a wind chill near -13, according to the agency. Wednesday night will bring flurries and a low of -11 C, with a wind chill of -10 in the evening and -18 overnight.

While the worst now appears to be over, the heavy snowfall still put a halt to many activities across the city Wednesday morning.

The Ottawa International Airport is reporting that a number of flights are delayed or cancelled because of the weather conditions.

On the roads, Ottawa’s public transit provider warned earlier in the morning that road conditions remain poor and told transit riders to expect detours, delays and trip cancellations for both OC Transpo and ParaTranspo rides.

OC Transpo is posting live transit updates here.

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All schools in Ottawa are closed for the day.

City council’s regular meeting on Wednesday has been cancelled, as has the budget consultation meeting scheduled for the evening.

All schools closed, public meetings cancelled in Ottawa in anticipation of winter storm

All city libraries and recreation facilities are closed in the morning but will reopen and resume regular programming at 12 p.m.

The municipality has also cancelled green bin, recycling and garbage collection for the day. Wednesday’s pick-up will take place on Thursday and collection for the rest of the week will be delayed by one day.

Clean up underway

On Tuesday afternoon, the City of Ottawa said the top priority for its road crews during the storm would be to keep the Queensway, Transitway, and other major and arterial roads clear.

Crews will plow residential roads “as soon as possible,” the city said but warned those streets won’t be cleared as quickly as the main roads.

If it’s safe to do so, the city is asking residents to sweep the snow away from fire hydrants connected to their properties.

Only call 311 if you have an emergency, the city tweeted early Wednesday morning.

Ottawa police say they’ve responded to five collisions since 5 a.m. Three of the five accidents involved vehicles that “slid into the ditch,” the Ottawa Police Service tweeted.

Police urge pedestrians not to walk in the streets and remain on the sidewalks.

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