Ottawa under snowfall warning

It’s hopefully one last blast of winter.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Ottawa with 10 to 20 cm forecast.

The weather agency says rain will transition to snow during the late afternoon or early evening on Wednesday, April 3 and continue late into Thursday, April 4. The heaviest snow is expected Wednesday evening and overnight. Snow will taper in intensity throughout Thursday.

Peak snowfall rates of up to 5 cm per hour are expected, leading to reduced visibility in areas of heavy snow.

Poor travel conditions are expected due to rapidly accumulating snow, especially during the morning commute on Thursday.

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

OC Transpo warns that they’re anticipating delays.

“Stay safe, plan ahead, and allow extra time for your travels,” wrote OC Transpo on X.

Also, with temperatures sitting very close to the freezing mark, the snow may be very heavy and wet in nature and utility outages are possible as a result.

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