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Almost all eastern Ontario school buses cancelled by storm

Someone works to clear wet snow in Ottawa Dec. 4, 2023 during a winter weather travel advisory. (Matéo Garcia-Tremblay/Radio-Canada - image credit)
Someone works to clear wet snow in Ottawa Dec. 4, 2023 during a winter weather travel advisory. (Matéo Garcia-Tremblay/Radio-Canada - image credit)

The messy end to the weekend is keeping more school buses parked in the Ottawa-Gatineau area Monday.

Areas north and east of Gatineau had a snowfall warning until about 11 a.m. A winter weather travel advisory for Ottawa and surrounding communities, including Gatineau, ended after 9 a.m.

Because of this, almost all eastern Ontario school buses are cancelled, including in Ottawa. Check with schools or boards for more information on what happens now.

French and English buses are running closer to Lake Ontario in communities such as Kingston and Trenton.

Most western Quebec service centres remain closed because of the indefinite strike. Of those that are open, none have announced changes.

Ottawa also has a winter parking ban for most people on most streets from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Gatineau has a new interactive map showing the progress of its snow removal.

The 511 service in Quebec shows, as of about 9 a.m, major local roads were generally snow-covered with fair to good visibility. Route 148 had been cleared west of Gatineau.

In Ontario, roads where buses have been cancelled were partially or fully snow-covered and 511 noted poor visibility around Eganville and Barry's Bay.

Snow was expected to end this morning under the advisory after leaving a high-end forecast of about 15 centimetres behind.

There were previously snowfall and winter storm warnings in Ottawa.

The international airport recorded about 12 millimetres of rain Sunday before a centimetre of snow, with snow continuing early Monday.

The City of Gatineau said at 10:30 a.m. it had measured 14 centimetres so far.

Ottawa's Monday high is 0 C, its overnight low –5 C and Tuesday's high looks to be –2 C under cloudy skies.