‘Ottawa’ Frostbite Advisory as Weather Whiplashes Back to Winter Through the Weekend
The city of Ottawa has issued a frostbite advisory as winter shows its true face after Wednesday’s tropical break.
The low Thursday night is expected to tumble to -16 C, feeling much colder in any windy spots.
The city warns anyone out and about to keep exposed skin to a minimum and try to stay out of the wind, if possible.
Ottawa awoke to a return of full-on winter Thursday with a windchill of -22, blowing snow and a few traffic snarls.
OC Transpo reported a string of cancelled trips.
As the morning commute got underway in earnest, the city’s traffic centre warned commuters of incidents including one crash on the westbound Queensway at Eagleson Road that blocked the right lane and shoulder and another that reduced southbound Greenbank Road to one lane at Iris Street.
East region OPP were warning that officers were responding to “numerous” crashes on Highway 401 and warned motorists “see snow, go slow.”
For Thursday, Environment Canada predicted that periods of snow totalling two cm would end in late morning with northwest winds at 40 km/h gusting to 60 and a high of -6 C. Winds drop off after midnight with a forecast overnight low of -16 C.
In the valley areas, where the winds and open spaces can create whiteout conditions, Renfrew County paramedics have restricted non-essential travel.
The brisk winds and reduced visibility were having an effect on operations at the airport.
Friday is expected to feature a mix of sun and cloud with skies clearing by late afternoon and a high of -10 C and overnight low of -21 C.
Saturday is forecast to be sunny with a high of -12 C and overnight low of -20 C.
Sunday is expected to be a tad warmer with a daytime high of -4 C but increasingly cloudiness, 30-per-cent chance of overnight flurries and low of -10 C.
Things warm up for Monday, with clouds, a 40-per-cent chance of flurries and high of 1 C forecast
Overnight into Tuesday, there’s a 40-per-cent chance of flurries or showers and low of 1 C.
For Tuesday, Environment Canada forecasts clouds, a 60-per-cent chance of showers and high of 7 C.
The agency reports that seasonal “normals” are a high of -1 C and low of -10 C.