Saturday January 3rd 2015 Winter Storm Plan...

So what's the plan from our Ottawa Public Works team to handle our roadways during tonight's overnight weather?

See the message below from our General Manager Kevin Wylie:

"Snow began as flurries today (12 noon +/-) with priority road and sidewalk staff in to plow and salt the arterial road & sidewalk network. Snow fall has been steady this afternoon, snow will intensify later this afternoon and through the evening with approx 12 cm accumulation before changing to ice pellets and freezing rain around 2 am overnight. Amounts of 5-10 mm of freezing rain (ending at 7am +/-) and 10 mm of rain (ending 8pm) are predicted before the event tapers off late Sunday evening with winds becoming northwest 30-35 km/h through the night.

Crews will be concentrating on the Transitway, Highway 174, Arterial and Collector roads throughout the remainder of the afternoon and early evening. Night shift staff will be in for 7pm to continue plowing and salting the arterial network.

We are proposing moving into residential streets at around 5 am overnight where most of the ice pellets and freezing rain will have fallen using the snow as a buffer so that ice accumulation has not bonded to the road surface .

Blowing snow conditions may be experienced in open areas today but high winds are expected late tomorrow after once the snow/rain event has pushed through.

The overnight parking ban will be in effect for tonight."

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