With the accumulation of up to 20 cm of snow today, the City will put a winter weather parking ban into effect beginning at 7 am on Friday, February 7, 2020 to assist with winter road maintenance operations.
Due to winter storm conditions, residents will see snow covered roads and sidewalks for their morning commute. Roads and sidewalks will be continuously cleared, but the heavy snow means they will become snowy again quickly. Residents may also see windrows across sidewalks and intersections. These will be cleared throughout the day Friday, however are common when accumulation is so heavy.
City staff expect the snow to last until mid-day with further accumulation during the morning hours. Staff will start to clear the residential areas on Friday morning into early afternoon.
Situation and Operations
Flurries transitioned to heavy snow around 11 pm last night and continued all night and is expected to continue until midday. We received approximately 12 cm of snow as of 6 am. We are expecting approximately 5 cm to 7 cm of more snow throughout the day and into this evening.
The temperature will drop to -9 degrees this afternoon and drop to -17 degrees overnight. We are expecting wind gusts of up to 56 kph today, which will cause blowing snow in open areas.
Staff have been out since the start of the storm plowing and salting the City's priority road network, priority sidewalks and the winter cycling network.
Residents can expect to see snow covered roads with slushy spots. Priority sidewalks have been plowed at least once and staff will continue to plow and salt them this morning. Plow units have been deployed to residential sidewalk beats as well, these sidewalks are mostly still snow covered. Crews will continue to plow residential sidewalks throughout the day.
Staff will be starting a residential road plow run at approximately noon this morning.
Residents can expect to see windrows blocking some corners, cross walks, activated signals and bus stops. Staff have been deployed to clear these windrows. This operation will continue all day and into the night.
All night shift staff will be coming back in at 7 pm to continue the storm clean up.
Winter Weather Parking Ban
The City of Ottawa will be enacting a Winter Weather Parking Ban – effective at 7 am on Friday, February 7. All cars parked on the roadway, without a permit, after 7 am are subject to ticketing.
Residents can stay informed about the Winter Weather Parking Ban by signing up for an alert, visiting Ottawa.ca or listening to local media.
How can Residents Support our Winter Operations
- A Winter Weather Parking Ban will be in place Friday beginning at 7 am. Residents are reminded to remove their parked cars from the roadways.
- Residents who have waste collection tomorrow are reminded to put their bins in their driveway, avoiding the snow banks or sidewalks. This will allow for more efficient clearing of the roads and sidewalks.
- City staff will have all available equipment on the roads and sidewalks overnight and tomorrow. Please give operators the space they need to help keep our roads and sidewalks clear and safe. Residents may see echelon plowing, where a number of plows work together to clear the roadway. Please do not enter between the trucks as they work.
- It is not necessary to create a service request for snow clearing at this time. We have all available resources on the road working, and the City will not be responding to requests that are not emergencies at this time.