The current severe winter storm has already deposited more than 30 cm of snow in parts of the City of Ottawa today. In the last 4 hours, we have received over 12 cm in the western part of the city and 18 cm in the south part of the city. We continue to focus our plowing on arterial and collector roads and sidewalks.
The intensity of the storm will continue until at least 8 p.m. tonight. The current forecast is calling for another 15 cm between 4 and 8 p.m. This is an extreme event with a high intensity of 3 cm or more of snow accumulation per hour.
Road Services staff have been plowing the arterial/major collector network throughout the day and will continue until the shift change at 7pm. The priority beat network continues to receive significant accumulations. Staff will concentrate on priority roads and sidewalks, along with clearing bus stops for the afternoon commute.
Due to the significance of this storm, it is anticipated that residential plowing will begin only once the priority transportation network is in good condition. We anticipate that this will be after 8 p.m. this evening. As a result, the Public Works Department has initiated the overnight parking ban for Tuesday night. Free parking is available in the City’s covered lots. Locations can be found on Ottawa.ca
The road conditions for the morning commute will be improved but you can still expect slushy and snow covered locations. Intersections, bus stops and sidewalks maintenance will continue until the clean-up is complete.
Under extreme winter storm conditions (i.e. those that exceed normal conditions), snow and ice control operations will be carried out based on the capacity of resources in as continuous a manner as practicable.
Information for Residents
Information will be provided to residents through ottawa.ca and social media.
On ottawa.ca, a seasonal “Winter Weather” banner will direct residents to a web page that will provide information on the weather, including updates on City operations and tips on what residents can do to prepare for and during weather events. It will also inform residents they can make weather related service requests through Ottawa’s online service request system.
The Where is My Plow web tool will only be available to residents once Roads Services commence plowing on local roadways.
As always, Roads Services are working with contractors, Fleet Services and all of its partners to manage this major winter event.