WC expecting first freezing rain storm of the season

Special to WC Online

WEST CARLETON – Lots of sloppy, slippy weather is expected in West Carleton over the next few days.

Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for Canada’s capital.

The weather agency is expecting freezing rain to start at some point this evening (Nov. 21) in Ottawa with Environment Canada expecting ice build up of two to four millimetres.

“Several hours of freezing rain is expected this evening before the precipitation changes to snow or rain,” Environment Canada released in a statement today (Nov. 21). “Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.”

The weather agency had previously issued a winter weather travel advisory for the nation’s capital as Ottawa is expected to see roughly five to 10 centimetres of snow starting this afternoon which will turn to rain.

“Snow may be mixed with freezing rain and ice pellets Tuesday afternoon and evening,” Environment Canada said. “Snow will begin to switch to rain later in the evening and into the overnight hours. Snowfall accumulations may be limited in some areas due to warm surface temperatures.”

Environment Canada is advising people to expect some delays on the roads.

“Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions,” Environment Canada said. “Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for taillights ahead and be prepared to stop.”

Mixed percipitation is expected until Thursday (Nov. 23) evening.

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