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Winter is coming, warns Environment Canada: Winter weather travel advisory issued for Thursday night

Ottawa Citizen logo Ottawa Citizen 2017-11-09 Joanne Laucius

A woman walks through Major's Hill Park, near Parliament Hill, as light snow falls in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada January 4, 2017. © REUTERS/Chris Wattie A woman walks through Major's Hill Park, near Parliament Hill, as light snow falls in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada January 4, 2017.

The red skies, or “sailors’ warning,” across the capital region Thursday appear to confirm the more scientific from Environment Canada.

The weather agency has issued its first winter weather travel advisory of the year for the Ottawa area, urging travellers to carefully consider travel plans on Thursday evening.

A combination of snowfall and rapidly falling temperatures could affect road conditions. While Thursday will start out mild, with highs of about 7 C around noon, the mercury will plunge to 11 C as a cold front tracks over the region and late-afternoon showers switch to evening and overnight flurries.

As a result, untreated surfaces could become icy and slippery,” the agency warned Thursday morning. “In addition, gusty westerly winds will develop tonight associated with a low pressure system with reduced visibility in blowing snow possible.

“Wind gusts to 70 kilometres per hour are likely and local tree damage affecting power lines is possible.”

Environment Canada has also issued a weather alert for Wellington and Waterloo counties as snow squalls are expected to develop around the rush hour Thursday and into Friday as the cold front tracks over Southern Ontario. Visibility is expected to be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow, and snow will quickly accumulate in the southeast areas of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is monitoring the situation and may issue snow squall warnings for Southern Ontario.

Friday’s forecast is for a mix of sun and cloud with gusty northwest winds, a high of -8 C and a low of -11 C.

For Saturday, expect some welcome sunshine, a high of -3 C and a low of -6 C.The clouds return Sunday with a forecast 30 per cent chance of flurries or rain showers, a high of 3 C and low of -3 C.

Monday’s forecast is a mix of sun and cloud, a high of 3 C and low of -6 C. Tuesday is a mix of sun and cloud, a high of 2 C and low of -4 C.

For Wednesday, the prediction is for clouds, a 40 per cent chance of showers and a high of 4 C.

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