Ottawa weather forecast calls for 5-10 cm of snow starting tonight

Ottawa is expecting between five to 10 centimetres of snow starting tonight

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement calling for between five and 10 centimetres of snow in Ottawa and Gatineau.

The snow should start tonight, continue until Friday night and possibly mix with rain or freezing rain as the temperature hovers around the freezing mark.

"March will end on a wintery note," Environment Canada says in the statement.

This is like d​éjà vu. You might remember we had a record amount of snow last Friday in Ottawa. What is it with snow on Fridays?

Today's forecast is much better, though, with mainly sunny skies and a high of 6 C expected, plus a moderate UV index of five.

Tonight will be mainly cloudy with snow starting after midnight. We should see between two and four centimetres by Friday morning along with an east wind gusting from 20 to 40 kilometres per hour.

The overnight low will hover around –1 C while Friday's high should be 0 C. About five centimetres of snow are expected during the day with that east wind continuing from 20-40 km/h.

Friday night should see periods of snow tapering off as the low hits –2 C.

We could see rain or snow (a 40 per cent chance) on Saturday with a high of 3 C before the temperature rises.

Sunday's high should be 10 C. Score one for spring.