Mother Nature has been relentless, but city crews are up to the challenge!
They haven’t stopped since this storm began, and been at it all night, with no plans on slowing down until this system has moved out of the city.
Forecast and Conditions
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the City of Ottawa as winter storm conditions continue today.
As of 9am this morning, the City had already received 17 centimetres of snow since the storm began. The city did experience some light freezing drizzle and freezing rain during the evening hours which transitioned over to snow around 10pm. Although there were lulls overnight, the storm intensified in the early morning hours covering much of the transportation network that had already been treated and cleared by our night shift. We expect another intense pocket of snow this morning with another 5 to 10 centimetres anticipated before it tapers off later this afternoon. Hourly accumulation of 1 to 2 centimetres are possible and with wind gusts reaching 40 to 60 kilometres per hour, visibility will be near zero.
Travel conditions today will be challenging, if you must be out, please adjust to the conditions of our sidewalks, roads and winter cycling network.
Our priority will continue to be on clearing and treating priority sidewalks, roads, and the winter cycling network. Given the amount of snowfall accumulation, crews are expected to start moving into residential neighbourhoods and streets this morning, and will continue their cleanup into the evening hours.
The snow is wet and heavy, and it will take time to get through it, but rest assured, the Roads and Parking Services team are hard at work.
Winter Weather Parking Ban is in Effect
A Winter Weather Parking Ban is in effect until 7 pm tonight. When vehicles are removed from our streets, the Roads and Parking Services team can clear snow efficiently to create a wide open roadway.
During this time, all vehicles must be removed from the roadway - unless you have an eligible parking permit or are accessing parking in our exempted commercial main streets. Though eligible parking permit holders are exempt, we encourage those who can, to remove their vehicles to prevent them from being snowed in. Information on parking options during a winter weather parking ban is available on Ottawa.ca/winterparking.
Residents can stay in the know about our winter weather parking bans by signing up for e-alerts at Ottawa.ca, or by downloading the City of Ottawa app.