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First big snowfall of 2024 coats Ottawa in white

A blanket of snow covered Ottawa on Sunday, and more is on the way as the city experiences its first big snowfall of 2024.

Environment Canada has issued a winter travel advisory for the city, warning of an additional 5 to 10 centimetres of snow Sunday, for totals approaching 20 cm in some areas.

According to Environment Canada data, 5.4 cm of snow fell on Saturday.

The snow is expected to end Sunday afternoon, but roads will continue to be slippery while city crews work to clear priority routes before moving onto side streets.

As of 11 a.m. Sunday, no winter parking ban had been issued.

Ontario Provincial Police said Saturday night as the snow started to fall that officers had already responded to several collisions on Highway 417.

“Always remember to drive according to conditions. Leave enough space and give yourself extra time to get where you’re going,” police said.

Ottawa police tell CTV News that they have responded to 21 collisions in the city since the snow began to fall on Saturday. 

The forecast for Ottawa calls for a high of -5 C on Sunday, followed by a partly cloudy sky in the evening and overnight with a low of -12 C.

Monday’s forecast is cloudy with a high of -4 C and a low of -10 C.

Some warmer weather is expected midweek. Tuesday’s outlook has a high of -2 C with a chance of snow, but Wednesday could see the temperature rise to 3 C with periods of rain or freezing rain.

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