As of Friday morning, Ottawa and the surrounding area has seen 10 to 15 centimeters of snow.  The Capital could see anywhere from 25 to 30 centimeters by day's end. 

City plows are out clearing roads and sidewalks but Ottawa police are warning drivers to stay off the roads if possible. More than 65 of minor collisions have been reportered during the morning commute.

An OC Transpo bus struggled to stay on its wheels this morning. The double-decker was spotted in a ditch on Woodroffe Road just south of Slack Road. 

If you must drive, authorities say to be careful, drive slowly and leave extra time and space.

This major blast of winter weather has forced the cancellation of school bus and special vehicle service for several school boards.

The following schools board have cancelled bus service:

  • The Ottawa Carleton District School Board,
  • The Ottawa Carleton Catholic School Board,
  • French public and Catholic schools in Ottawa,
  • The Upper Canada District School Board,
  • The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario,
  • French Catholic and public schools in Prescott-Russell, Stormont-Dundas and Glengarry,
  • The Renfew County District School Board,
  • Western Quebec schools in the Outaouais and Pontiac regions,
  • The Commission Scolaire des Portages-de-l'Outaouais in La Peche and
  • The Conseil des Ecoles Catholiques de Langue Francais du Centre-Est.

All schools remains open except for:

  • All schools belonging to the Commission Scolaire des Portages-de-l'Outaouais in the La Peche area,
  • Redeemer Christian High School and,
  • The Ottawa Adventist School.

There are also several flight cancellations in and out of the Ottawa International Airport.  If you are travelling by air today, please check ahead with your carrier or the airport authority.

Updates to follow...