A WINTRY POST-SEASON
While most of ottawa grumbled about monday’s miserable weather — a little snow, a lot of ice, rain and unseasonable cold — Tomislav brennan took advantage of it and donned his skates for a little shinny on fairmeadow crescent. today, things are looking up.
Ottawa’s miserable spring of 2018 outdid itself on Monday, caking the city in ice that knocked out power, turned roads and sidewalks into skating rinks and probably made the robins rethink their decision to come north this year.
But that, as they say, is yesterday’s news.
Scrape the ice off your windows and you’ll see better times ahead. Sunny times. Balmy times. Maybe even for the weekend, when Environment Canada predicts sunshine and high of 11. If it comes to pass, it will be the first double-digit temperature day Ottawa has had since Jan. 12.
And Sunday is looking even better, with more sunshine and a high of 14.
But back to Monday. More than 40,000 Hydro Ottawa customers were without power at the peak of the outages and 11,000 remained in the dark as of 10 p.m. Monday, according to the utility. The storm snapped wooden utility poles near the Trainyards shopping complex and other areas, while downed trees and branches felled power lines throughout the city.
Downed power lines weren’t the only issue emergency crews were facing due to the ice and high winds. An antenna tower atop a building near the intersection of Lyon and Queen streets toppled Monday morning and was hanging from the roof by its guy wires. Police closed Lyon Street while crews tried to fix the damage.
Downed lines blocked traffic on Carling Avenue and Merivale Road at other times of the day.
Six public elementary schools were closed because of power outages or downed wires that made it dangerous for students walking to and from school. A number of Catholic schools were also affected by power outages, although none were closed.
Monday’s high temperature climbed to just 1, while the freezing rain turned into rain, which continued into the evening. When Environment Canada finally lifted its freezing rain warning, it was only to replace it with a rainfall warning.
Tuesday’s forecast looks a little better — and really, what wouldn’t — with a mix of rain and wet snow and a high of 4. By Wednesday, the sun should appear and the temperature is expected to climb to 9.
Dianne Renaud scrapes ice off her car before driving home to Barrie following a weekend visit to Ottawa on Monday.
The ice brought a tree branch down on new vehicles at the Mini car dealership on Carling Avenue.