Winter storm warnings issued for Ottawa and area

A major winter storm is expected to hit Ottawa and surrounding areas Sunday evening, with up to 50 centimeters of snow falling in some places, according to Environment Canada.

Winter storm warnings were issued across the region, from Algonquin Park east to the Quebec border and south to Prince Edward County. They also cover western Quebec.

The nation’s capital is expected to be covered with 25 to 40 centimeters of snow, with some places seeing half a meter falling.

The weather agency says people should expect blowing snow on Monday with winds of up to 60 km/h.

People should consider postponing non-essential travel and taking breaks during snow removal, Environment Canada said.

Vaccination clinics stopped

Ottawa Public Health has decided to cancel Monday’s community COVID-19 vaccination clinics due to the impending storm.

They are expected to resume on Tuesday, the health unit said.

The City of Ottawa, for its part, has issued a parking ban which will take place between 7 p.m. on Monday and 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Vehicles parked on the street during a ban may be ticketed and towed.

Citywide trash collection will also be delayed a day this week from Monday due to the storm, according to a trash collection alert emailed by the city Sunday afternoon.

The snow is expected to ease Monday evening, with sunshine in Ottawa’s forecast for Tuesday.

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