Ottawa braces for winter blast - 1310 NEWS
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Ottawa braces for winter blast

OTTAWA, Ont. – Spring may be set to arrive this week, but Old Man Winter has more in store for the capital.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Ottawa and the Valley, ahead of a significant snowfall.

“Right now it seems to have a good head of steam up, so that means it should move through rather quickly,” said 1310News meteorologist Richard Zurawski. “Once it starts, you’re looking at about 15 centimetres of snow.”

A Snowfall Warning has already been issued for areas including Winchester, Cornwall, Prescott and Russell, as well as Upper Gatineau. Those regions are expected to recieve up to 20 centimetres.

Although this will mostly be a snow event for Ottawa, in areas to the south and west of the city the snow could be mixed with rain, freezing rain and ice pellets.

While Zurawski says it’s too soon to tell if this will be the final blast of wintery weather, it will likely be the final storm this season. Spring arrives at 7:02 a.m., Wednesday.

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