OTTAWA — It will be a snowy start to 2021, after one of the least snowy Decembers in Ottawa history.
Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for Ottawa, Gatineau and eastern Ontario Friday night, calling for heavy snow through Saturday.
“Snow continues this morning with a total of 15 cm expected by the time it ends,” said Environment Canada in the statement Saturday morning.
Environment Canada severe weather meteorologist Brian Owsiak told CTV News that 9 cm of snow had fallen overnight.
“The snowfall is not looking like it will last too much longer,” Owsiak said just before 8 a.m. “Probably another hour or so.”
The snowfall warning for Ottawa ended just after 8 a.m.
The City of Ottawa has issued a winter weather parking ban. Vehicles aren’t allowed to park on city streets between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. as crews are expected to be busy clearing snow.
Monthly permit holders are exempt from the restriction provided they’re parked in residential zones. Other vehicles will be ticketed and towed. The city also says the hours could be extended on the ban, if plows need more time.
OPP reported a collision on the westbound Queensway just after 7 a.m.
The record for greatest snowfall in Ottawa on Jan. 1 is 19.4 centimetres, and 10.2 centimetres on Jan. 2.
Ottawa received 15.6 centimetres of snow in December. According to the Twitter handle @YOW_Weather, December 2020 was one of the least snowy Decembers in Ottawa history. There was 15.5 centimetres of snow in December 1949.
Here is a look at the Environment Canada forecast for Ottawa to start 2021:
Saturday: Snow ending in the morning then cloudy. Amount 5 to 10 centimetres. Temperature steady near minus 2°C, with the wind chill it will feel like minus 8 in the morning.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a low of minus 11°C and a wind chill of minus 5 this evening and minus 16 overnight.
Sunday: Cloudy. High minus 3°C.
Monday: A mix of sun and cloud. High minus 1°C.
Tuesday: Snowy. High minus 1°C.
The normal temperatures for this time of year are a high of minus 6°C and a low of minus 15°C.
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