Freezing rain warning issued for Ottawa area
Published Sunday, December 9, 2012 9:47AM EST
Last Updated Monday, December 10, 2012 4:52PM EST
Environment Canada issued a freezing rain warning Sunday for the Ottawa area.
The freezing rain warning is in effect in many spots around the region including Ottawa, Gatineau, Merrickville, Prescott, Cornwall, Maxville, Alexandria, Pembroke and Cobden.
Motorists and pedestrians are being urged to be extra cautious as untreated roads and sidewalks will become slippery.
Environment Canada said there is a “slight risk” that regions along the Ottawa Valley, including Ottawa, may get 10 to 15 centimetres of snow.
Bill Nachef spend the morning scrapping a sheet of ice off his car, this morning. He says he doesn't mind winter, but wishes mother nature started with the fluffy stuff.
"It's easier because it doesn't stick to the ground. It goes very fast but it's very heavy," Nachef says of the ice.
The city of Ottawa was out in force trying to keep the roads clear at an estimated cost of about $1.1 million.
Snow clearing efforts included:
- 200 roadway plows
- 85 sidewalk plows
- 2,200 tonnes of salt
The Ottawa International Airport saw a handful of delays and cancellations. Paula Connelly is left deciding to wait for a new flight or take her chances with the train.
"Walk in the door and see the sign, red, cancelled. It kind of upsets everything because you have commitments to make," says Connelly.
People travelling by air are being asked to check their flights before leaving home.
Watch CTV Ottawa at 6 p.m. or click the video for more on Ottawa’s first taste of winter weather.
With files from CTV's John Hua