March 1 & 2 Winter Advisory

The forecast is showing flurries to start around 5 pm Tuesday March 1 with snow intensifying by 8 pm where amounts will range from 1 – 3 cm an hour through the evening and overnight. 

The Wednesday morning commute will be impacted as the snow will be at its peak during this period after which the snow event will beginning to move out of the area, ending approx. 11am Wednesday. Total accumulations are forecasted to be in the 15 – 20 cm range. Temperatures will be cold with a high of -10C on Wednesday and winds of 25 km/h with gusts of 35-40 km/h causing drifting snow conditions in outlying areas.

Preparations

Road Services staff will start plowing and salting the priority road and sidewalk network at the start of the snow event. We will also deploy echelon plows to maximize the movement of snow from the roadways as quickly and efficiently as possible. All sidewalks and bus stop plowing/blowing will also be deployed. Staff will concentrate their efforts on the priority network ensuring the movement of transit and the travel of commuters using the arterial roads. Transition into the local residential streets will follow as resources become available from the priority network. 

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 Service Ottawa’s online service request system. 

In addition, Corporate Communications will be tweeting relevant information throughout the event and using social media to direct residents to the Winter Weather page.‎

We will continue to provide operational updates if weather conditions change and the event progresses.


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