Our night shift crews worked nonstop to stay ahead of this storm and, this morning, the day shift took over right where they left off.
Forecast and Conditions
As of 10am this morning, the City had already received 13 centimetres of snow since the storm started last night. As expected, snow began to fall around 11pm and intensified overnight, quickly covering the transportation network. Periods of snow continue today, with up to another 5 centimetres expected and winds gusting up to 50 kilometres per hour before becoming lighter late this afternoon.
Travel conditions remain challenging today; please adjust to the conditions of our sidewalks, roads and winter cycling network.
Our priority will continue to be on clearing and treating sidewalks, priority roads, and the winter cycling network. Given the amount of snowfall accumulation, crews are expected to start clearing residential streets mid to late morning and will continue this work into the evening hours.
Gusting wind and cold temperatures have made this a challenging snow event - which means operations will take time. Due to the blowing and drifting snow, there will be problem spots at bus stops, crosswalks, intersections, pedestrian islands and corners. The colder temperatures will create slippery and icy conditions, which will take time to treat, but the Roads and Parking Services team are hard at work and will get the job done.
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.
The Roads and Parking Services team will continue to monitor the forecast and the transportation network. Crews will continue to clear sidewalks, touch up arterial roads and work in residential areas to clean up and treat icy conditions. They will also focus on cleaning up any problem areas such as bus stops, crosswalks, intersections, pedestrian islands, corners, and cul-de-sacs.
City staff and crews have been responding to a number of large snowfalls this winter season, and we would like to acknowledge their hard work and unwavering commitment and dedication. Please be kind and patient as our operators do their job. A wave and a smile of appreciation can go a long way.