Thursday , July 29 2021

An intense cold, a howling wind and more snow for Sunday

A blanket of snow covers the front gates of Parliament Hill.

Canadian Press

Yes, all that snow looks beautiful from the window of your living room, but if you're venturing outside, you should know that Environment Canada's cold and winter storm warnings are still in effect.

The temperature is very cold and the winds are howling. Driving conditions are dangerous.

Snow will be heavy at times on Sunday morning, changing to periods of weak snow early in the afternoon.

The forecast is high -16 C, dipping to -25 C at night. However, it was expected that the wind would make it look -30 C in the morning, -25 C in the afternoon and -37 C at night.

This is how it is in downtown Ottawa:

OPP was reporting several bumps in Queensway on Saturday night.

Environment Canada warned that non-essential travel should be postponed.

The snowfall caused some flight disruptions at Ottawa's airport, with officials urging travelers to check the status of their flights before going to the airport.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when there is risk of ice bite and hypothermia.

Environment Canada's Cold Alert led Ottawa Public Health to update its freeze alert for a freezing warning Saturday afternoon, noting that with a cold wind of -35 or colder, exposed skin could freeze in less than 10 minutes.

The health office and rescuers should encourage homeless people to seek shelter in the coverages.

Environment Canada warned that the risks were greater for young children and older adults, as well as for people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and homeless people.

The types of weather strongly advise cover up layers and cover pets when they leave.

Monday seems to be slightly warmer with periods of light snow. The high -17 C, the low -23 C.

Conditions should improve by Tuesday, as lighter air mass moves into the region.


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