Flurries begin Wednesday afternoon. The bulk of the snow is anticipated to start after 3 p.m. and last through to the evening. The leading edge of the storm will have melting on contact as the surface temperatures will be above the freezing mark. As accumulation rates increase and temperatures drop, roads will start to cover and become slushy. Snow accumulations will be approximately 5-10 cm with the heaviest through the late evening, there is potential for accumulations upwards of 15 cm if the heavier part of the winter system tracks into our region. The Wednesday afternoon commute home is expected to be moderately impacted by this storm.
Temperatures start rising overnight with precipitation turning to periods of rain. Temperatures are forecasted to be warm on Thursday with a high of about 7C. Rain is expected to be light, in the range of 2 to 4 mm. Rain may transition back to flurries Thursday evening with no significant accumulations.
Friday cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. High plus 1
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 required.
Staff will concentrate their efforts on the priority network ensuring the movement of transit and the travel of commuters using the arterial roads.
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.
We will continue to provide updates if weather conditions change and the event progresses.