It looks like Mother Nature has taken her foot off the gas and bringing this storm to an end.
We can’t say the same about the Roads and Parking Services team, they will keep going until the city has been cleaned up!
Forecast and Conditions
Environment Canada has ended the Winter Storm Warning for the City of Ottawa.
As of 5pm, Ottawa had accumulated 24 centimetres of snow since it all began on Wednesday, before finally clearing out early this evening. Through the day, winds were at 30 kilometres per hour, gusting to 50, and the temperature fell to minus 5 degrees this afternoon. Winds are expected to die down to 20 kilometres per hour near midnight and the temperature will drop to minus 9 degrees.
Snow accumulation, blowing snow and the drop in temperature could create difficult travel conditions. Residents are reminded to exercise caution while using all of our transportation networks.
All resources are deployed and the focus remains on clearing and treating our sidewalks, priority roads and the winter cycling network. Crews are also expected to continue working in the residential neighbourhoods this evening to finish clearing streets.
The persistent snowfall and drifting snow are making the cleanup challenging - we know it will take longer than usual, but our crews are hard at work.
Winter Weather Parking Ban Lifted
The Winter Weather Parking Ban was lifted at 7 pm. Please sign up for the Winter Weather Parking Ban e-alerts to stay up to date on upcoming winter parking restrictions.
You can continue supporting our operations by finding off-street parking options. If you can, please ask a friend or neighbour if you can share their laneway. Remember, streets that remain open helps with clearing – this support makes all the difference in ensuring we can properly open up your neighbourhood streets.
City staff and crews have been on the job around the clock and we would like to acknowledge their hard work, perseverance and dedication. They keep our city moving and it is appreciated.
Looking ahead, we will continue working in residential areas to clean up and treat icy conditions as well as cleaning up any problem areas such as crosswalks, intersections, bus stops, corners and islands.
We remain committed to keeping you informed as we progress through the event and will provide another update tomorrow.
We appreciate your patience, understanding and continued support of our winter operations.
Stay safe and travel with care,