A huge winter storm, which is expected to shed one of the biggest snowfalls in 2019, broke out in the capital about 16 hours. Tuesday with invading winds that slammed the snow aside and expected to cause chaos on the highways and streets of the city.
Environment Canada warns of winter storm at 15:25 Tuesday, predicting a 25 to 35 centimeter of snow will fall from late Tuesday afternoon on Wednesday, coupled with a strong wind of 60 km / h as Colorado Low.
The snow is expected to be so fat until Wednesday that Gatto's police said they would patrol the streets of the city with snowshoes.
"Do not be surprised if you see our snowmobiles and an emergency turntable that goes through Gatto tonight and the next night," police said in Gatto on Tuesday. "We will be present to act quickly when needed."
Heavy environmental meteorologists in Canada have warned of "major impacts on the voyage" and said that there may be disruptions of local energy during the storm.
Winds rushing from the east can cause almost zero visibility in the snow, explained the meteorological service, asking the drivers to postpone the unnecessary trip.
Early images of the ravage of the city's storm began to pour into social media with hysteges such as #Snowmageddon and #Snowpocalypse.
All four school school councils of the city took the rare step of school closures on Wednesday, including the cancellation of all day-long programs, on-site childcare services, community-based permits, post-school programs, evening schools and committee meetings .
All schools will be closed at the Ottawa-Carleton School Board, the Ottawa Catholic School Board, the Board of Directors of the Central Schools and the Ontario Publications Center, and all school buses canceled. Operations are expected to resume as Thursday.
Similar school closures and bus cancellations affect the school councils of Outaouais and West Quebec.
Schools will remain open in the surrounding areas under the School Board of Upper Canada and the Catholic School Board in East Ontario, but all school buses are canceled.
"Given the heavy snow accumulation and road safety concerns, we realize that a trip during peak hours can be dangerous and must be limited," OCDSB said in a statement after Tuesday's consultations with city authorities, the transport authority and other school boards,
The Ottawa Catholic School Council said it also expects the schools to be opened on Thursday. Child care by the school council and the Catholic Children's Corporation in Ottawa will also not work.
The curricula of universities and colleagues are also affected as the University of Ottawa has canceled the 24 hour classes, starting at 4 pm. Tuesday.
All classes at the University of Carlton were canceled until 17:30. Wednesday and the campus will also remain closed.
Algonquin College suspended 24-hour training at the universities of Ottawa, Perth and Pembroke.
Government offices will remain open throughout the region, although the Canadian Ministry of Finance secretariat urges the authorities to allow federal officials to work from home on Wednesday.
In anticipation of time, Mayor Jim Watson canceled the planned council meeting on Wednesday. Watson encouraged city officials to talk to their managers to see if they could work from home.
The city issued a parking ban at night in the early hours of Wednesday between 1 and 7 in the morning. During the ban, residents will have access to free covered garages.
Dozens of flights were grounded at Ottawa International Airport. Any flight scheduled to take off on Tuesday evening was postponed or canceled.
One of the last airplanes that had touched the asphalt was an inbound flight from Cancun, Mexico, whose passengers would have a rough winter reception when they arrived around 19:30.
Most of the other arrivals were delayed or canceled.
THE RESPONSE OF THE CITY
In the late afternoon, the crews of the city had already begun to plow, sand, and sand on the roads and sidewalks in response to the snowstorm.
Big roads such as Carling Avenue had whole trails swallowed by invading snow banks that were frozen in the last chill, but the crews managed to clear large sections of the danger about 24 hours before the storm began unloading its fresh fertilizer.
Officials have urged residents to keep a safe distance behind working snow plows, saying that priority number one for crews on Wednesday would be to preserve 174, transit, highway and arterial roads.
They also urged residents to avoid connecting to the city for their neighboring roads, except in the event of an emergency, saying residential streets "will be cleared as soon as possible".
Expect snow, sometimes heavy, and heavy snow from 25 to 35 cm long with east wind, with a rise in temperature to -6 in the morning. Expect more snow on Wednesday and wind down winds with a high of -3 and more snow periods predicted for night Wednesday night.
The offensive must end by Thursday with a combination of sun and cloud and high -3 in the forecast.
The expected snow dump could set a record for the biggest snowfall in Ottawa on February 12, back in 1988, when the capital fell 24.4 cm.
Snowfall in a 24-hour period is expected to coincide with all snowfall – a total of 23 centimeters – accumulated since February 1.
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