Our capital is about to be buried under a sea of white, as Ottawa braces for a snowfall which is expected to amount to a whopping 40 cm of the white stuff. According to the Weather Network, the storm is expected to hit this afternoon and isn’t likely to let up until Wednesday. Those planning on to hiking to work should stay home as the whipping 60 km/h winds will leave little visibility in the blizzard.
Residents should also be on the lookout for travel delays and cancellations which are more than likely to come into effect due to the storm. Environment Canada released a statement about the impending flurry claiming that it is the result of a "Colorado low" and heavy wintry precipitation blowing through parts of southern Ontario.
The Ottawa Public Health board issued a warning Tuesday morning that temperatures are expected to plummet to such a level that a frostbite advisory has been put into effect, with a speculated wind chill of –28°C.
Ottawa isn’t the whole Canadian city to be struck by the impending weather. Warnings have spread across the southern parts of Ontario as high-winds and heavy snowfall cotinine to sweep across the country. Schools have seen wide-spread closures due to the blowing snow making bus-transportation an impossibility. Those planning on driving today have been advised to avoid all non-essential travel as conditions continue.
“Residents are asked to exercise caution if driving, cycling or walking and to allow extra time for their commutes,” reads a statement from Environment Canada regarding driving conditions. “Drivers are also reminded to be patient and keep a safe distance behind working snow plows.”