Don’t forget your snow boots, Ottawa! Just when you thought that spring was on the horizon and the slush was finally melting, a surprise blizzard has arrived to ruin everything. According to Ottawa’s weather forecast, we can expect up to 10 cm of snow to fall on Friday, and a winter weather warning has been put in place, too. Perfect!
Just as we were all starting to be cautiously optimistic that the worst of the winter weather was behind us, a surprise snowstorm has landed in the capital.
On Friday morning, Environment Canada issued a winter weather warning for the city, as up to 10 cm of snow is expected to fall throughout the day.
In their notice, the government body explained, “A band of heavy snow is over the Ottawa area and along the Ottawa river. It will continue throughout the morning.”
To make matters just a little bit worse, they’re also urging locals to expect traffic and transit delays.
The statement went on, “Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. There may be a significant impact on the morning commute.”
This doesn’t bode well for the capital’s commuters, who have been experiencing ongoing problems with the city’s LRT during snowy periods.
The #Ottawa area and Gatineau are now under a winter weather travel advisory. Use caution on the roads. 5 to 10 c… https://t.co/9tQ5f6alEd— Victoria Williston (@Victoria Williston)1583502508.0
As most of the country prepares for Daylight Savings this weekend, you’d be forgiven for assuming that spring was on the horizon.
However, as most Ottawans know, March and April can be unpredictable, and sometimes it feels like spring never actually arrives in the capital!
That said, there’s good news ahead. While we’ve got yet another day of stormy weather to get through, the weekend is looking much brighter.
Crazy Ottawa weather this morning @KelseyMcEwen https://t.co/O0zYZXZyCL— Mary Ellen Stephen (@Mary Ellen Stephen)1583501077.0
In fact, residents can expect a sunny Saturday, with highs of 2 C.
While Sunday will be cloudy, temperatures will reach 7 C in the afternoon. Dig out your sunscreen!
Sadly though, the season ahead is looking as wet and cold as ever. The long-range forecast predicts an extremely rainy March, with temperatures that are lower than usual. Yikes.
You can keep up-to-date with all of Ottawa's weather warnings and advisories by clicking here.
Stay strong, residents of the capital! Spring will get here ... eventually.