Roads Services is responsible for the City’s snow and ice control program. It is committed to helping make Ottawa’s roads, sidewalks and cycling network safe and passable for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. An effective winter maintenance program is essential to allow the City to function under normal winter weather conditions.
Winter Weather Advisory - March 22, 2019
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement
- Light rain possibly mixed with wet snow current temperatures +2C. Rain continues this morning and with temperatures above the freezing mark for most of the day.
- A snowfall accumulation is forecasted for 5 to 15 cm although here in Ottawa the probability is for 5 cm.
- Saturday morning roads and sidewalks will be snow covered, slushy, wet & icy. Areas where ice still exists will be slippery from this rain.
- Today light rain transitioning to snow this evening high of +2C low -7C , winds northwest 40 gusting to 60 km/h. Impacts can be expected during your Saturday morning commute.
- Saturday snow ending in the morning, high +1C low -5C wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40
- Sunday March 24 cludy high +4C low -14C
Residents are advised to exercise patience and drive and walk with caution. Staff are monitoring weather forecasts and will be patrolling roads throughout the event
- Impacts on transportation could include slippery conditions due to accumulating snow and icy roads. Local ponding of water on streets and in low lying areas is possible. Blocked drains can be reported online to 311.
- We anticipate road & sidewalk conditions for Saturday morning maybe wet to snow covered, icy, slushy and slippery
- Combo plows will be deployed as accumulations begins and will continue to plow and salt the arterial roads. All sidewalk units will be deployed to plow and apply abrasives to sidewalks and bus stops
- We will deploy plowing/sanding/gritting resources over the remainder of the transportation network as necessary as the weather or road conditions change
- Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways, and parking lots may become wet to snow covered, slushy, icy and slippery.
- With the spring melt which happens each year, Residents are reminded to keep their houses protected from flooding, by clearing drainage spouts near their home, and ensuring they are pointed away from the house. More tips and information about protecting your home can be found online.
- Rideau River Blasting continues to remove ice from the Rideau River in an effort to prevent flooding in local neighbourhoods
- Sand bags for protection against flooding are available at select City yards if residents are require them. Residents are required to fill and transport their own sandbags.
For reference, here are the yards with sand and sandbags:
- 29 Hurdman Road
- 1683 Woodward Drive
- Jamieson Street at the Ottawa River
- 2264 Colonial Road (Navan)
- 2941 March Road
- 4127 John Shaw
- 2121 Huntley Road
- 1655 Maple Grove Road
- 262 Len Purcell Drive
- 2145 Roger Stevens Drive
- 4244 Rideau Valley Drive