Flash freeze warning in effect as Ottawa faces ‘dramatic’ temperature drop

By CityNews Staff

Get ready for cold weather.

Environment Canada has issued a flash freeze warning for Ottawa and Smith’s Falls as a sharp cold front will hit the region Wednesday evening.

The national weather service says that rapidly falling temperatures will cause ponding water, slush, and any falling precipitation to freeze.

“Temperatures are expected to go from well above freezing to below freezing in just a matter of a few hours,” says Environment Canada.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.”

Ottawa forecast

Environment Canada forecasts a high of 14 C for Wednesday, with the temperature falling to -13 C in the evening, feeling like -21 overnight with the windchill.

There is a chance of showers with risk of a thunderstorm for the daytime, which will shift over to flurries or ice pellets as the temperature drops.

Thursday is expected to be sunny with a high of -7 C, followed by a clear evening with a low of -13 C.

Friday will be sunny and 4 C during the day, clear and -1 C at night.

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