If Ottawans were hoping for a warm introduction to 2020, there’s bad news on the horizon. Residents of the capital can expect to feel temperatures of -28 on Wednesday evening, as a "significant winter storm" brews for the weekend up ahead. If this wasn't enough to get you shivering, there's also a frostbite risk for Ottawans outdoors tonight - yikes!

According to the latest weather reports from the Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa locals can expect temperatures of -19 overnight on Wednesday, which will feel like -28 when combined with 50 km/h winds.

For anyone outdoors this afternoon and into the evening, there's a definite frostbite risk, as evening conditions are predicted to be seriously cold.

While temperatures will climb again for a fairly moderate Thursday and Friday, there's no point taking your sweater off.

By the weekend, conditions will take yet another turn for the worse, as a "significant winter storm" is predicted to hit the province on Saturday.

Freezing rain and/or snow is expected for eastern Ontario by Saturday night, with average temperatures falling back to well below zero, with snow forecast on Sunday.

According to a special weather statement from Environment Canada, rain, freezing rain and snow are all likely during the "significant winter storm" expected to impact southern Ontario on Saturday.

Alerts have been put into place for Ottawa-Gatineau, Cornwall-Morrisburg, Brockville-Leeds and Grenville, Prescott and Russell, Smiths Falls-Lanark-Sharbot Lake and Renfrew-Pembroke-Barry’s Bay.

Travel is expected to be impacted by the storm, although Environment Canada confirmed that “there is still uncertainty as to which areas will be most impacted with this system.“

The Ontario Storm Prediction Centre will be closely monitoring the upcoming winter weather.

According to Environment Canada, weather warnings may be issued as the storm gets closer.

You can keep up-to-date with Environment Canada's weather warnings by clicking here.

For tonight, grab your warmest socks and favourite sweater, it's going to be a cold one!


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