Snow snarls morning traffic; freezing drizzle could affect afternoon drive

OTTAWA — Snowfall mixed with freezing drizzle Wednesday is making driving a challenge, with police saying they’ve responded to numerous collisions.

Environment Canada is advising commuters in the capital that a band of heavy snow will affect driving Wednesday morning and freezing drizzle could make roads in the afternoon and possibly Thursday morning slippery as well.

A weather advisory warns of snowfall that could affect road conditions and visibility Wednesday.

“Snowfall amounts of 5 to 10 centimetres are possible today with the heaviest snow falling this morning,” the advisory says.

Late in the morning, the advisory was updated to forecast an additional  2 cm of snow before it comes to an end early in the afternoon.

Once the snowfall ends, expect a switch to freezing drizzle.

“A risk of freezing drizzle will follow the snow into this evening, predominantly for locations in the vicinity of the Ottawa River. This freezing precipitation may make roads slippery overnight,” Environment Canada says.

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority said dozens of school buses were delayed or cancelled Wednesday morning and at least three bus routes that picked students up in the morning will not be running in the afternoon.

An OC Transpo bus became stuck Wednesday morning in the intersection of Rideau Street and Sussex Drive. The bus could be seen on a City of Ottawa traffic camera.

OC Transpo bus stuck Rideau Sussex

The bus was cleared from the intersection at around 10:30 a.m.

Across eastern Ontario, OPP said they responded to dozens of collisions.

OTTAWA FORECAST

Environment Canada is forecasting 5 to 10 cm of snow Wednesday morning followed by a 60 per cent chance of flurries or freezing drizzle in the early afternoon and a 60 per cent chance of drizzle or freezing drizzle in the late afternoon.

Wednesday’s forecast high is 0°C.

The temperature should hold steady near zero overnight, with periods of rain or freezing rain expected.

Expect rain Thursday morning, tapering off by the afternoon. Thursday afternoon is looking cloudy with a 40 per cent chance of drizzle and a high of 4°C.

Friday’s outlook is cloudy with a high of 6°C.

The weekend forecast is a mixed bag with clouds and a 30 per cent chance of showers or flurries on Saturday and a bit of sunshine on Sunday.

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