A WIN­TRY POST-SEA­SON

Ottawa Citizen - - FRONT PAGE - BLAIR CRAW­FORD bcraw­ford@post­media.com

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.

TONY CALD­WELL

ER­ROL McGIHON

Dianne Re­naud scrapes ice off her car be­fore driv­ing home to Bar­rie fol­low­ing a week­end visit to Ot­tawa on Mon­day.

JEAN LEVAC

The ice brought a tree branch down on new ve­hi­cles at the Mini car deal­er­ship on Car­ling Av­enue.

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