First snowfall, winter travel advisories still in effect


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Welcome to a winter wonderland – remember the driving drill?

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« Adjust your driving to the road conditions, » Ottawa police warned with a video covering key points like making sure your vehicle is completely cleared of snow

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« Make sure your lights are on for full visibility and please slow down. »

« First #snowfall, be careful, » Ottawa paramedics said. « Slow down, increase your distance from the vehicle in front of you and clear your vehicle of snow. »

The roads were slippery in many places. Visibility was reduced.

There were a number of small accidents, but no injuries were reported.

The OPP warned drivers to ‘see snow, go slow’, flagging officers were already dealing with collisions Wednesday morning in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and there were several crashes on the highway 15 in the Township of Rideau Lakes.

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OC Transpo had reported canceled trips and detours around 9:00 a.m.

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Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a winter weather travel advisory in effect for Wednesday, with nearly 5cm of snow expected to make roads slick and poor visibility at times until noon.

« The heaviest snowfall is expected during the morning commute, which could create hazardous driving conditions, » the weather agency said. « This snowfall is due to a low pressure system that will continue to track northeast across the region today.

« This is the first significant snowfall of the season. »

Snowy spells are forecast to end Wednesday afternoon, then the outlook is cloudy with a 40% chance of showers as temperatures hold at 1°C.

The forecast for Wednesday evening is cloudy with a 30% chance of evening snow showers, a low of -4°C and a wind chill of around -6.

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There is a 30% chance of snow showers on Thursday late morning and afternoon, with the temperature expected to stay near -2°C then during the day and then dip to -9°C overnight .

“Normals” for this time of year are highs of 4°C and lows of -3°C.

Last year, the first snowfall at the Ottawa airport occurred on November 16, although it only fell 2.8 cm for the whole month of November. November 2020 saw 23.3cm, kicking off with 3.7cm on November 2.

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