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Ottawa Snow Could Reach Up To 15 Centimetres Overnight

As much as some Canadians might want it to be over, winter is still in full swing. Canada's capital will be getting another seasonal blast overnight, potentially covering Ottawa in snow. Residents may want to have their shovels and snowblowers at the ready.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the city and the surrounding area. They warn that Ottawa could see anywhere between 10 to 15 centimetres of snow starting tonight and continuing into Thursday morning.

The special weather statement applies to Ottawa North, Kanata, and Orléans areas, as well as Ottawa South, Richmond, and Metcalfe.

The highest amounts of snow are expected to accumulate in areas near the St. Lawrence River.

Environment Canada is advising anyone who will be driving overnight or on Thursday morning to be extra cautious.

Along with all of that snow, Ottawa will also be facing cold temperatures, which are expected to dip down to -5 on Wednesday night. Thursday will see a high of -6 before plunging down to -19 overnight.

Ottawa has already faced some extreme weather this winter. Frostbite warnings were previously issued when temperatures in the city dropped as low as -28.

The city also saw prolonged rainfall over the weekend, along with other cities in Southern Ontario, including Toronto and Hamilton.

Environment Canada is predicting more snowfall over the weekend for Ottawa, before moving into clear skies but chilling temperatures as low as -24 early next week. 

The agency's historical data from 1955 to 2011 shows that the highest amount of snow that was on the ground for January 16 was back in 2001, when a full 70 centimetres had piled up.

The Old Farmer's Almanac had already predicted varying temperatures for Ottawa, along with a healthy dose of snow.

It remains to be seen how much more winter has in store for the city.

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