Residents of eastern Ontario and southwestern Quebec are suffering through another shot of winter weather today and tonight, as they get a mixed bag of rain, ice pellets and snow from the same system that caused so many slushy headaches in southwestern Ontario this morning.
Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings from Ottawa to Cornwall to Montreal, and up the St. Lawrence to Quebec City, calling for 15-20 centimetres of snow this evening and tonight in eastern Ontario, and 10-15 cm in southwestern Quebec, possibly up to 25 cm in areas north of the St. Lawrence River.
The mix of precipitation has already caused road conditions to deteriorate, and strong winds from the storm are expected to cause blowing snow, making driving conditions even more hazardous.
According to the Ottawa Citizen, there were over two dozen calls regarding traffic accidents due to today's weather, and several transit buses became stuck in the snow. Due to the slow speeds of traffic, none of the injuries were serious. The city has issued an overnight winter parking restriction, to help with clearing of the snow for tomorrow morning. This restriction means that street parking is not permitted between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m., with the only exceptions being cars with on-street parking permits.
As with air traffic in southwestern Ontario, Ottawa International Airport is reporting several flight delays and cancellations, mainly to and from those locations that are also being hit by this storm.
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