It looks like winter out there this morning! Despite the late arrival, snow eventually made up for lost time in the overnight hours with the city receiving approximately 10 centimetres as of 6 am, and significantly more in the outlying areas.
Forecast and conditions
Environment Canada has replaced the winter storm warning with a Weather Advisory that will remain in effect through this morning. The snow is forecasted to slowly taper off today with additional snowfall amounts near 5 centimetres expected. Residents are reminded to take extra care when walking, driving or cycling on the transportation network.
Supervisors continue to monitor the forecast and the transportation network. All resources are deployed, and as we progress through the day, crews will continue to treat sidewalks, arterial roads and work in residential neighbourhoods to clear and treat streets through the day. They will also focus on cleaning up any problem areas such as bus stops, crosswalks, intersections, pedestrian islands, corners and cul de sacs. As a reminder, the snow is wet and heavy so it will take crews longer to get through the entire transportation network, but rest assured, they are hard at work.
The Roads and Parking Services team is working closely with Ottawa Police and other City partners to support them with the large demonstration planned for Parliament Hill today while ensuring there is little impact to snow clearing operations.
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. The City of Ottawa has added an additional 18 parking lots for residents to park during a parking ban. Vehicles may remain parked at these sites for the duration of the ban and must be removed after the City announces that the ban has been lifted. Information on all 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.