January 28, 2019 10:59 am
Updated: January 28, 2019 5:24 pm

Frostbite risk in Ottawa all day Monday, ‘significant snowfall’ predicted to begin at night

Global's Liem Vu reported the weather forecast across Ontario this morning where a weather system moving from west to east is expected to dump five to 15 centimetres of snow across the region starting today, triggering special weather advisories from Environment Canada.

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It’s possible the city of Ottawa might get another “significant” dump of snow starting early Monday evening and continuing into Tuesday, according to Environment Canada.

The national weather agency has put out a special weather statement for the Ottawa area, forecasting a total snowfall of 10 to 15 centimetres by Tuesday night.

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The snow may impact commutes throughout Tuesday, Environment Canada warned.

“Travel may become hazardous due to reduced visibilities in heavy snow and blowing snow,” the special weather statement said.\

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The City of Ottawa says more than 20 snow removal crews — including 500 pieces of equipment — have been deployed across the city and will be working through the night to clear mounds of snow that accumulated on roadsides and in front of residents’ homes after previous snowfalls and snowplow operations.

“All staff right now are dedicated to getting snow removed for the roadways, in preparation of the upcoming storm,” Bryden Denyes, area manager of road services at the City of Ottawa, said on Monday afternoon.

Expect freezing temperatures throughout Monday and beware the risk of frostbite, Environment Canada said.

The agency is predicting a high of -18 C on Monday, with the morning’s -34 C wind chill warming slightly to -27 C in the afternoon, and -19 C overnight.

Along with snow, Tuesday will bring a high of -3 C, with a wind chill of -19 C in the morning and -8 C in the afternoon. The temperature will drop to -16 C on Tuesday night, Environment Canada said.

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