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Ottawa commuters navigate slick roads to start the week, most buses cancelled – The Weather Network

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Published on Dec. 4, 2023, 1:39 PM

Difficult winter travel across parts of eastern Ontario Monday, with the slick conditions prompting widespread school bus cancellations

The heaviest snowfall of the season for the National Capital Region is making Monday’s commute a headache for many drivers. Widespread snowfall totals of 15-25 cm are expected, stretching from the heart of cottage country and east towards Ottawa.

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Snow and freezing rain crept into the area through the day Sunday, with over 10 hours of the icy conditions reported. Cold temperatures are what allowed precipitation to change over to all snow through the overnight and early morning hours, leaving behind a healthy coating of snow throughout eastern Ontario.

By the early morning hours on Monday, 10 cm of snowfall had been recorded at Ottawa’s airport.

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Temperatures are forecast to hover close to the freezing mark through Monday, so the snow will be a heavier, wet variety that is difficult to shovel and increases the risk of power outages. It also makes for very difficult travel conditions.

As a result, almost all school buses across eastern Ontario were cancelled for Monday. Ottawa and surrounding communities were still under a winter weather travel advisory Monday morning, as well.

“Adapt your driving to changing road conditions. Use caution when walking or driving in affected areas,” said Environment and Climate Change Canada in the advisory.

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