Major snow alert for Canada
Prepare your shovelling back as there is a lot more snow to come, according to an Environment Canada special weather statement issued early Saturday morning.
About 10 to 15 centimetres of snow is forecast to fall in the Ottawa region and across the area extending from Algonquin Park to Cornwall by Sunday evening, the meteorologist service said at 5 a.m.
The temperature should reach -13 C in Ottawa Saturday, with an overnight low of -18 C.
This anticipated snowfall falls just below the criteria for a weather warning, which is 15 cm of snow falling in 12 hours.
The precipitation comes as a sharp Arctic front stalled over extreme Southwestern Ontario, creating the conditions for “complicated” active winter weather conditions and heavy snow fall over most of the Golden Horseshoe, Central and Eastern Ontario, the alert said.
Southwestern Ontario may also experience freezing rain from Saturday evening to Sunday morning, then turning back into snow. Ice pellets are expected to fall in the area from Grey Bruce to Barrie, and southeast across Toronto and Hamilton in to Niagara.
Meteorologists were unsure where the heaviest snow and freezing precipitation shall fall, but updated alerts will be issued throughout the weekend on the Environment Canada website. All are encouraged to monitor local weather reports.
Driving conditions are expected to be treacherous throughout the larger area and motorists are encouraged to prepare for hazardous conditions.
Courtesy of Ottawa Citizen News