OTTAWA, Ont. – Freezing rain is going to make for a messy drive home Tuesday afternoon.
Ottawa and the surrounding areas are under a freezing rain warning from Environment Canada, with the nasty weather expected to start in the afternoon.
“The temperature’s going to rise to about three degrees,” said 1310News meteorologist Richard Zurawski. “That gives us the risk of freezing rain; the really wet, slippery stuff. The stuff you don’t want.”
The freezing rain is expected to stick around into the evening hours.
“It looks like it’s going to stay freezing rain for about three to six hours,” Richard said. “There is even the possibility that the freezing rain could last into the wee morning hours, but it should taper off as the temperatures rise overnight.”
As a precaution, school buses were cancelled for the Upper Canada District School Board, as well as for the Catholic School Board of Eastern Ontario and the corresponding French-language boards. School buses were also cancelled for the Renfrew County English and Catholic boards.
School buses in Ottawa were running and exams were going ahead Tuesday as scheduled.
More than 13 centimetres of snow fell on the capital, Monday, which helped turn streets and highways into slippery snow-covered routes on which vehicles crawled to their destinations.
Ottawa Police responded to 76 collisions on city streets from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Police normally respond to about 60 per day.
The City of Ottawa issued an overnight parking ban, barring anyone without an on-street vehicle permit from leaving their vehicle on city streets between 1 and 7 a.m., Tuesday. The parking ban was lifted Tuesday morning.
Ottawa’s airport had several flights that were delayed, Monday evening, from 20 to 45 minutes. One flight to Philadelphia was cancelled.