Ottawa's weather forecast calls for rain after freezing rain

The slippery stuff has given way to the wet stuff as the capital has become a wet, rainy quagmire (not the cartoon character).

Tuesday's forecast calls for periods of freezing rain to change to rain late in the morning with an east wind at 20 kilometres per hour.

The high will reach 6 C, which means the icy surface should gradually melt and create more of a wet surface on roads, paths and sidewalks

Tonight should also see periods of rain ending overnight as the wind swirls between southeast and southwest up to 40 km/h. The low will be about 3 C.

Wednesday could bring a mix of sun and cloud in the morning, but we expect more cloud cover later on with a 60 per cent chance of showers late in the afternoon.

A southwest wind should gust from 20 to 40 km/h as the high once again hits 6 C.

But wait, the seven-day forecast calls for more cold temperatures through the weekend:

- Wednesday night drops to –6 C.

- Thursday night drops to –12 C.

- Friday's high will be –11 C.

- Friday night's low should hit –22 C.

- Saturday's high could be –11 C.

- Saturday night's low could be –19 C.

- Sunday night's low could be –15 C.

That should make those heading south for March Break next week pretty happy with themselves.