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Freezing rain, snow in Ottawa’s forecast this weekend, Environment Canada warns

A file photo showing frozen branches on a street in Laval, Que.
A file photo showing frozen branches on a street in Laval, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Graham Hughes

The Ottawa area may get a dump of freezing rain starting Friday night and lasting into Saturday morning, Environment Canada says.

The agency issued a special weather statement warning that an east coast storm is moving into the national capital area as the city heads into the weekend.

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The forecasted freezing rain will turn into rain during the day on Saturday but transition back to snow at night as the system moves away from Ottawa.

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Expect a few centimetres of snow along with “strong gusty winds and colder temperatures,” Environment Canada said.

Friday’s temperature is expected to hit a high of 2 C with a wind chill of -7, according to the agency’s weekend forecast. Temperatures overnight on Friday are predicted to dip to a low of 0 C.

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Saturday will bring a high of 3 C with a low of -2 C in the evening, Environment Canada says.

Sunday, meanwhile, is expected to be cloudy with a 60 per cent chance of flurries and a high of -2 C. The agency forecasts a low of -14 C on Sunday night.

Environment Canada urged people to an eye out for further weather alerts and forecasts.