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Snowfall of 10-15 cm possible in Ottawa area on Tuesday: Environment Canada

Snow covers the licence plate on a car parked in Ottawa on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
Snow covers the licence plate on a car parked in Ottawa on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Is it spring? Is it still winter? Who knows anymore.

After a milder weekend, Environment Canada is telling Ottawans to brace for “another blast of winter weather” Tuesday.

The agency is forecasting a snowfall amount of 10 to 15 centimetres in the national capital on Tuesday, thanks to a “fast-moving” low-pressure system moving into Eastern Ontario in the morning. Heavy snow is expected at some points for areas close to the Quebec border, Environment Canada said in a special weather statement.

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In the south end of Ottawa, from Richmond to Metcalfe, the precipitation will start with freezing rain and change to snow later in the day; there’s a risk the area from Kanata to Orléans might get some ice pellets and freezing rain as well.

“Motorists are advised to exercise caution today,” the weather agency wrote.

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The temperature will fall to -1 C in the afternoon, with a windchill of -7. Periods of light snow are forecasted to end late Tuesday evening, leaving the area cloudy with a 40 per cent change of flurries.

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The low overnight is expected to be -5 C, with a wind chill near -10 C.

Environment Canada forecasts a slightly warmer Wednesday with a high of 6 C and a mix of sun and cloud.