The snow is melting, the days are getting longer and the birds are chirping, but we have another messy mix of winter on the way! Could this be it? Only Mother Nature knows for sure. Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for the Ottawa region with snow followed by rain Saturday into Saturday night.
Forecast and Conditions
Precipitation is expected to move in across the region by late Saturday morning, possibly early afternoon. It's likely going to fall as snow, but some rain may mix in at times - especially further south of the city. Snowfall accumulation of 5 to 10 centimetres is possible, with the heaviest amounts expected to be in the afternoon. Gusty winds will move in early Saturday morning, reaching 40 to 60 kilometres per hour in the afternoon and evening.
The upside of this event is that most of the snow is expected to fall during the daytime hours. That means we'll see most of the snow, or rain, fall onto warm surfaces and most of it should melt.
Given this snowfall, impacts to travel can be expected. Residents are reminded to exercise caution while using all of our transportation networks.
The Roads and Parking Services team continue to operate 24/7 and we are ready! Supervisors will be out throughout the weekend monitoring conditions. As the precipitation moves in, we will keep a close eye on sidewalks, roads, and the winter cycling network and deploy resources as needed.
Potholes by the Numbers
Pothole crews took advantage of the favourable weather this week and continued their work on temporary repairs. This week alone, 120 crews were assigned to repairs and, since March 18, have managed to fill over 13,000 potholes! This brings our year-to-date total – January 1 to March 24 – to more than 48,970 potholes filled.
To report a pothole on the road, let us know by visiting Ottawa.ca.
Over the weekend, our focus will be on addressing localized drainage issues and once precipitation begins, crews will be out treating the transportation network.
There remains uncertainty as to the exact details of this coming weather event and given the time of year our response will depend on the conditions, but rest assured, we will be ready to adjust accordingly.