Ottawa's weather forecast calls for a spring chill

It's the second day of spring and the capital's already facing some less than seasonal weather  — snow, freezing drizzle and rain, followed by a severe temperature drop.

The freezing drizzle could be over, at least, by the time you head out the door Tuesday morning. But there's also a 40 per cent chance of rain or snow before noon.

Tuesday remains mainly cloudy in the afternoon, with a southwest wind gusting from 20 to 40 km/h. The high reaches 7 C, with a UV index of three, or moderate.

Tonight should be like the dead of winter, but damper.

The forecast calls for a cloudy sky with a 60 per cent chance of rain and snow in the evening and overnight. A southwest wind should also gust from 20 to 40 km/h and then change to a northwest wind gusting from 30 to 50 km/h.

The overnight low is –18 C with the wind making it feel as cold as –30.

Wednesday will feel like mid-winter cold, but at least it should be sunny. A northwest wind should gust from 20 to 40 km/h, making the –8 C high feel more like –28.

Wednesday night the temperature drops to –14 C before rising back to above zero.

Thursday's high is 4 C with sunny skies, while Friday brings a high of 3 C and a 60 per cent chance of rain or snow.