Snow is quickly accumulating in Ottawa as a storm settles in that could bring with it 10-15 cm.
Because the storm started just before the start of the afternoon rush it presents some challenges for the roads crews who keep our streets clear in the winter.
We have assurance from City staff their focus will be on snow plowing and salting on arterial and collector roads and sidewalks in this early stage of the snow event.
The snow is expected to intensify later this afternoon and through the afternoon commute.
The total amounts of 10-15cm of snow are anticipated to have fallen by 5 am Friday with light flurries through to 1pm.
It's expected to get windy overnight. Environment Canada predicts winds becoming northwest 30 km/h through the night with gusts up to 50 km/h through the day Friday. Blowing snow conditions could reduce visibility for drivers today and overnight. High winds are expected tomorrow after the snow event has ended which could mean more blowing snow.
With all of this in mind, City crews will be concentrating on the Transitway, Highway 174, Arterial and Collector roads throughout the afternoon and early evening.
Night shift crews will be in for 7pm to continue plowing and salting the arterial network.
Staff tell us they plan to move into residential streets at around 4 - 5 am Friday when most of the snow accumulation will have ended.
The overnight parking ban is in effect tonight. That means unless you have an on-street parking permit your vehicle will be ticketed and could be towed if it is parked on any street in Ottawa.