Winter Operations Update - Wednesday, February 22 - Morning

Yesterday, the Ottawa airport reported 5 centimetres of snow in just two hours, and here we go again, Ottawa, more is on the way! Environment Canada has issued a Snowfall Warning for the region with significant snowfall beginning this evening.

Forecast and Conditions

Snow is expected to begin late this evening and continue into Thursday morning, with winds gusting to 50 kilometres per hour around midnight and 15 to 20 centimetres possible. Snowfall rates could push 1 to 2 centimetres per hour. Another round of snow, possibly mixed with freezing drizzle and ice pellets, is possible Thursday afternoon and evening following a brief lull in the morning.

Snow will be heavy, and at times, visibility will be reduced to near zero, resulting in difficult travel conditionsBe prepared to adjust to the changing conditions of the transportation network. Take extra care when walking, driving or cycling in affected areas. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.

Our Response

All available resources will be deployed, and will be working around the clock; because of the duration, intensity and colder temperatures of this storm, operations will take longer than usual to complete.

Our supervisors will be monitoring conditions throughout the late evening and overnight. Our focus will be on clearing and treating priority sidewalks, roads, and the winter cycling network.

A Daytime Winter Weather Parking Ban is Being Called

A Winter Weather Parking Ban will be in effect tomorrow, Thursday, February 23 from 10am to 7pm. 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

Residents can stay in the know about our winter weather parking bans by signing up for e-alerts at, or by downloading the City of Ottawa app.

Resident Support is Required

  • There is no need to create a service request for routine snow clearing. We are on the job and our efforts are currently needed out in the community; service requests should only be created for emergencies.
  • Please place garbage, recycling, and organic collection bins in your driveway and not on the road or sidewalks. Residents can sign up to receive reminders and service alerts for their waste collection day by email, phone or Twitter at
  • Do you need volunteer hours? Become a Snow Angel! Support your community by helping someone you know who is elderly or has a disability, by clearing snow or ice from their driveway, steps or walkway. More information on the Snow Angel Program is available on

Next Steps

The Roads and Parking Services team will continue to monitor this system and the transportation network over the next 36 hours. Conditions will make things difficult to navigate - we will adapt and try to stay ahead of this winter storm. Support from our residents is crucial as we respond to this event.

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