Overnight Parking Ban to be enacted as up to 10 cm forecast for Ottawa

The head of the City's roads services has called for the overnight parking ban to be put into effect.  That means without an on-street parking permit you won't be able to park on any Ottawa roads from 7p.m. March 3 to 7a.m. March 4.

Luc Gagne, manager of roads services within Ottawa's Public Works Department said flurries will begin this afternoon at approximately 2pm, and the snow will intensify from 5pm through the evening and into the overnight until approximately 1 am where crews expect to have 10 cm accumulation on the ground.

He said they do expect flurries to end at 4a.m. as the snow event pushes through. The afternoon commute will be affected as the snow intensifies late this afternoon.

Temperatures will reach a high of -5 C today with a warming trend through the remainder of the day and into Wednesday where it will reach 0 C, this will only last a few hours as the temperatures will gradually drop through the afternoon on Wednesday with an overnight low of -15 C.

Winds will intensify as the snow event pushes through so expect blowing and drifting snow in open areas.

Gagne said crews will be deploying a residential plow run overnight at 3am. Work will be more efficient because the overnight parking ban will be enacted.

Day staff will be deployed on the arterial road and sidewalk network as the snow event starts and remain until 7pm. Night shift staff are scheduled to be in at 7pm to continue with our plowing and salting efforts.

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