Environment Canada has released a special weather statement for Ottawa warning of the potential for a large amount of snowfall to begin the weekend.
According to Environment Canada, conditions are favourable for significant snowfall beginning late Thursday and ending Friday morning.
“A developing low-pressure system will track northward along the Eastern Seaboard Thursday and Friday,” said Environment Canada in a statement. “Snow associated with this low will affect Eastern Ontario beginning Thursday evening. Snow will continue Thursday night and end Friday morning.”
Luc Gagne, director of roads and parking services for the City of Ottawa assures that the city is more than prepared to meet the road clearing needs.
”We have been preparing for the winter season for several months,” said Gagne. “During the summer, we focused on training operators and negotiating contracts to acquire salt, sand and equipment. Our crews are ready, and monitoring forecasts to ensure our over 6,000 kilometre network of roads is maintained through the winter.”
Environment Canada also said the potential total snowfall could be 10-15 cm. This could affect commuters on their way home Thursday evening as well as those heading to work Friday.
“Residents should exercise caution during winter weather events and give our plows space to do their job safely,” said Gagne.
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