Ottawa forecast calls for more snow Wednesday

As the city digs out from yesterday's late-winter blast, Ottawa will get another helping of snow today.

Environment Canada is calling for periods of snow for the capital Wednesday, amounting to about 5 centimetres. The forecast high is –7 C, with a northwest wind gusting from 30 to 50 kilometres per hour, which will blow around the snow already on the ground.

Relief is in sight with periods of light snow ending overnight, but it will remain cold with a low of –13 C and cloudy skies.

The clouds will begin to break Thursday with a mix of sun and cloud in the forecast and a high of –5 C. The chilly late winter gusts will persist, though, with a northwest wind gusting from 20 to 40 km/h. The overnight low will drop to –15 C with clear skies.

Friday calls for another mix of sunny and cloudy skies, but the temperature will gradually climb above the freezing point with a forecast high of 2 C. That will drop to –6 C overnight into Saturday with cloudy periods.

There's a 60 per cent chance snow will return on the weekend with flurries in the forecast for Saturday and a high of 1 C and an overnight low of –6 C.

Those cloudy skies will break again by Sunday, with Environment Canada calling for a mix of sun and cloud and a warmer high of 4 C.

After all this late-season snow and cold, spring officially arrives Monday with a high of 3 C and a mix of sun and cloud.