Ottawa's weather forecast: OK winter, that's enough — we get it

Spring officially begins in a week, but the persistence of these rock-bottom temperatures to start the week make it seem like a warm, pastel-coloured dream.

It was darker than we're used to Monday morning, due to yesterday's switch to daylight time. The sun comes up at 7:19 a.m. with increasing cloudiness during the day.

Monday's high will reach about –10 C, but the wind chill will make it feel more like –26.

It will get better

Monday night will be cloudy with a low of –19 C and a wind chill around –26.

There's snow in the mix for Tuesday, and with winds blowing at 30 km/h gusting to 50 km/h, Environment Canada says there will be blowing snow in some places.

With those winds the high will be –12 C, but feel more like –28.

By early Monday afternoon, Environment Canada had issued special weather statements warning of 10 to 15 centimetres of snow from Monday night to Wednesday for the capital region, except for the Renfrew, Upper Gatineau and Pontiac areas.

After a snowy Tuesday night the high is expected to reach around –8 C Wednesday, then up to –4 C Thursday — but with overnight lows in the minus teens.

The early lookahead to St. Patrick's Day on Friday is friendly for a variety of novelty green-coloured accessories, with a high of 0 C in the day and a downright balmy overnight low of –5 C.