It was a very white sight outside for Ottawans this morning, as one of the city’s biggest snowstorms of the year covered the capital. With up to 40 centimetres expected in some areas by this evening, locals are already taking to social media to share photos and videos of the whiteout. In particular, Ottawa's huge snowflakes seemed to get a lot of attention. You’d be forgiven for thinking it was Whoville!\nWhile Ottawa’s snowmageddon has already caused travel chaos and school bus cancellations across the region, the huge snowflakes were the talk of the town on Thursday morning.\nAlthough snowy scenes are not unusual in the capital, these snowflakes were so big and fluffy that they looked like something from a Christmas movie.\nWhile Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson urged locals to stay at home wherever possible, many people were out and about capturing photos and videos of the remarkably large snowdrops.\nSadly, the huge puffs didn’t stick around for too long, and they had returned to ordinary-sized floaties by around 8:30 a.m.\nThat said, this was more than enough time for residents to capture footage of the floating snow puffs, and honestly, the pictures don’t even do their size justice!\nSnowflakes? More like snowballs...amirite!? #ottstorm #Ottawa— Patricia L. (@LatendresseP) February 27, 2020\nOne hour ago, there were some flurries. Now, the snowflakes ❄ are the size of golf balls. Pretty! #ONStorm #ottstorm #Snowmageddon2020 #snowday— Dr Sarah Lockyer (@S_Lockyer) February 27, 2020\nEarlier this week, Environment Canada issued a winter storm warning for several areas of eastern Ontario, including the capital.\nLocals were told to anticipate up to 40 centimetres of snow during the blizzard, with conditions expected to make it one of the worst of the year so far.\nWhile the weather has not disappointed so far, it’s the enormous snowflakes that have really surprised residents. One Twitter user wrote, “Snowflakes? More like snowballs ... amirite?!”\nWinter Wonderland\nDon’t know if this will make the #Snowmageddon that it is expected. I’m just glad I brought the laptop home and save the crazy morning commute. Look at how big the snowflakes are ❄️🌨❄️❄️☃️ #Ottawa pic.twitter.com/TA4uLxfNVP— 🇨🇦✨ (@Phi_216) February 27, 2020\nAdmittedly, this kind of heavy snowfall is not convenient for the city’s commuters and travellers. That said, it does look pretty.\nTotal Whiteout\nView this post on Instagram Bigly #snowflakes in #Ottawa! Not exactly #snowmageddon, though. #weather #winter A post shared by John Marshall (@baldjamagram) on Feb 27, 2020 at 5:46am PST\nIt's so fluffy and puffy that it almost looks like falling cotton candy.\nLife In A Snowglobe\npic.twitter.com/qZmBSsMOkR— Nancy Gauvin (@ngauvin17) February 27, 2020\nWith the slush-covered trees and this dreamy fluffy snow, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was Christmas time again!\nSnow-Motion\nGiant snowflakes falling on Ottawa... pic.twitter.com/FiH76qi7zv— Jeff Brown (@djbip1986) February 27, 2020\nHUGE snowflakes ❄️ #Ottawa #OttWeather #Snowmageddon2020 pic.twitter.com/YrWxNcJKB6— LMBez ☕️🍽🍷🍻+🏒🏈🎾⚾️ (@LMBez) February 27, 2020\nThese snow-motion videos really show how huge the flakes were on Thursday morning. They almost don't seem real.\nSnowly But Surely\nHuge snowflakes #ONStorm in Ottawa South-East end pic.twitter.com/2859dqphV3— Jessica Hogue (@jessica_hogue) February 27, 2020\nIt won't take long for 40 centimetres of snow to be on the ground when the snowflakes look like this.\nFlying Snowballs\nCrazy snowflakes in Ottawa! pic.twitter.com/jBCrMKzYI3— Helena Hanson (@helena_hanson) February 27, 2020\nYou could probably have a snowball fight with these bad boys!\nAs the blizzard continues across the city, drive safely and always follow local weather advisories.\nStay safe, Whoville!