School buses cancelled as heavy snowfall batters Ottawa; winter parking ban in effect

OTTAWA — Residents of Ottawa and the region are digging out from a significant overnight snowfall and a winter parking ban is in effect across the city.

snowfall warning for Ottawa and parts of eastern Ontario ended just after 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. The heavy snow is expected to taper off to lighter snow before ending early in the evening.

Environment Canada says up to 25 centimetres of snow will have fallen before the storm finishes.

As of 10 a.m., the Ottawa Airport had seen 18 cm of snow and the Gatineau Airport had seen 13 cm. Volunteer weather observers in Barrhaven recorded 16.5 cm, Environment Canada told CTV News Ottawa.

Other volunteer observer totals:

  • Dunrobin: 15.5 cm
  • Metcalfe: 15 cm
  • Wednover: 15 cm
  • Vankleek Hill: 13.2 cm

All English and French school boards across Ottawa and eastern Ontario have cancelled school buses Tuesday morning. Some schools are still open.

The weather agency warned people to prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.

“Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow,” the snowfall warning said. “Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.”

Winter storm warnings the Kingston and Gananoque areas have also ended.

The high for Ottawa on Tuesday is -8 C. Things are expected to warm up later this week, with high temperatures approaching the freezing mark.

WINTER PARKING BAN

The City of Ottawa is putting a winter weather parking ban in place Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., though the hours might be extended if crews need additional time to complete winter operations.

“This ban is necessary to allow us to address the significant snowfall that will have fallen,” the City says on its website. “The timing has been chosen to allow us to tackle the main roads, sidewalks and cycling network and to make them as safe as possible for buses and commuters before getting into residential areas.” 

All residents, except those with a residential parking permit, are required to move their vehicles from the roadway or risk a ticket and/or tow.

During winter weather parking bans, residents will have access to select OC Transpo park and rides.

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