Ice storm coats the capital, causing closures and cancellations


We won’t see the end of this ice storm until this afternoon in the capital.


The freezing rain warning remains in effect for the entire Ottawa-Gatineau region, with the transition to rain not expected in Ottawa until mid-afternoon.

Ottawa could see up to 10 millimetres more freezing rain on top of all the ice that has fallen since midday Sunday.

Gusts of wind up to 60 kilometres an hour have knocked out power for tens of thousands of people.

School buses have been cancelled in most areas and some schools have had to close as well, including:

  • Pope John Paul II Catholic High School in Hammond, Ont.,
  • St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School in Hammond, Ont.,
  • Churchill Alternative School in Ottawa,
  • Steve McLean, Fisher Park, Elmdale, R.E. Wilson, Vimy Ridge, W.E. Gowling and Heritage public schools in Ottawa,
  • Buckingham, Chelsea and Poltimore Elementary Schools,
  • Russell Public School and Cambridge Public School in Embrun, Ont.
  • Commission scolaires des Draveurs, Portages de l’Outaouais and Coeur-des-Vallées have closed their schools and other facilities for the day.

There are several flight delays and cancellations at the Ottawa International Airport.

Some people made the best of the extremely icy roads, sidewalks and driveways.

There are rainfall warnings in place for the Kingston, Belleville and Brockville areas as well, with forecasters expecting up to 30 millimetres of rain by the end of the day.

Ottawa’s daytime high is 2 C and overnight low is 0 C, with drizzle and potentially flurries tonight.

Tuesday is looking wet and cloudy, with a mix of snow and rain and a high of 4 C.

Many people will be cheering if Wednesday’s forecast of sunshine and a high of 10 C becomes a reality.

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