Ottawa Citizen

A WHITE WASH FOR THE CAP­I­TAL RE­GION

Win­ter’s wrath brings sec­ond blast of snow in a less than a week

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Alexan­der Far­inha, 6, didn’t let Thurs­day’s snow­storm get in the way of a good to­bog­gan run at the Ar­bore­tum. As much as 26 cen­time­tres fell around the re­gion, mak­ing for a busy day of plow­ing and shov­el­ling.

It came with can­celled flights, cars buried in piles of white and a whole lot of fod­der for a snow­ball fight of epic pro­por­tions.

For the sec­ond time in less than a week, Ot­tawa was dig­ging out Thurs­day af­ter as much as 26 cen­time­tres of fresh snow fell across the city.

The ma­jor win­ter storm, blamed for at least 16 deaths in the United States, dumped piles of snow from Wind­sor to Que­bec City as it con­tin­ued on a path to the Mar­itimes. A Toronto man in his 70s died Thurs­day af­ter shov­el­ling snow off his drive­way.

The snow be­gan fall­ing in the Ot­tawa area about mid­night Wed­nes­day night, prompt­ing En­vi­ron­ment Canada to is­sue a snowfall warn­ing for most of Thurs­day from Or­léans to Kanata, and ar­eas west and south of the city.

Rich­mond and Kemptville were cov­ered with 27 cen­time­tres of snow; the Gatineau Air­port recorded 22 cen­time­tres, states an En­vi­ron­ment Canada report is­sued at 7 p.m. As much as 45 cen­time­tres fell in Cornwall and 40 cen­time­tres in Cas­sel­man.

The City of Ot­tawa is­sued an overnight park­ing ban be­tween 1 and 7 a.m. to clear the roads for snow­plows. Peo­ple with on-street park­ing per­mits are ex­empt from the ban, but all other ve­hi­cles will be tick­eted. The ban re­mains in ef­fect un­til lifted by the city.

Roads were slip­pery dur­ing the Thurs­day morn­ing and evening com­mute, although traf­fic was lighter than nor­mal be­cause of the Christ­mas hol­i­days.

Un­like last Fri­day’s wet and heavy snowfall that dumped as much as 40 cen­time­tres in some ar­eas, fol­lowed by freez­ing rain, Thurs­day’s snow was pow­dery. High winds and blow­ing snow caused de­lays for land and air trav­ellers.

The ar­rivals and de­par­tures board at the Ot­tawa Air­port was glow­ing red and yel­low, as at least 75 in­com­ing and out­go­ing flights were can­celled or de­layed due to the storm.

Hun­dreds of flights were also can­celled or de­layed at air­ports around Toronto, Mon­treal, Fred­er­ic­ton and Hal­i­fax.

Flur­ries in Ot­tawa were fore­casted to ta­per off late Thurs­day night to a mostly clear and sunny Fri­day be­fore re­turn­ing on Satur­day. Still, trav­ellers were urged to check the sta­tus of their flight be­fore head­ing to the air­port, as the storm con­tin­ued to dump snow in south­ern Que­bec, from the Ou­taouais to the Gaspé Penin­sula. En­vi­ron­ment Canada re­ported about 45 cen­time­tres of snow in Mon­treal as of 3 p.m. Thurs­day.

Ot­tawa po­lice re­sponded to sev­eral cars in ditches through­out the morn­ing, but re­ported no se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents.

Mean­while, a multi-car pileup shut down a stretch of the Trans-Canada High­way near Mon­treal and pro­vin­cial po­lice had to use snow­mo­biles to ac­cess the closed por­tion of Hwy. 40.

Que­bec pro­vin­cial po­lice also said many ve­hi­cles had skid­ded into snowy ditches in dif­fer­ent parts of the province. “There were no se­ri­ous in­juries,” po­lice Sgt. Mar­tine As­selin said of the numer­ous Que­bec road ac­ci­dents. “We’re lucky.”

Mounds of snow also blan­keted most of south­ern On­tario.

On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice in Fron­tenac County re­ported sev­eral mi­nor crashes on Hwy. 401 and urged trav­ellers to stay put un­til plows had cleared snow from back roads and side streets.

It was the first ma­jor win­ter snowfall for many spots in south­west­ern and south-cen­tral On­tario.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada re­ported 15 cen­time­tres of snow at the Wind­sor Air­port, 21 cm in Sar­nia, 17 cm at the Hamil­ton’s John C. Munro air­port, as much as 16 cm in Toronto, 30 cm at the Kingston Air­port, 33 cm in Brockville and 19 cm in Pem­broke.

The storm had al­ready pounded the mid­sec­tion of the U.S., spawn­ing tor­na­does in Alabama, dump­ing a record snowfall in Arkansas and lash­ing the North­east with high winds, snow and sleet. It knocked out power to thou­sands of util­ity cus­tomers, pri­mar­ily in Arkansas.

In Que­bec, where the pro­vin­cial util­ity had re­stored power to nearly all cus­tomers who were knocked off the grid by last week’s snowfall, thou­sands more were left with­out power in the lat­est storm.

In New Brunswick, blow­ing snow be­gan fall­ing mid­day Thurs­day in the south­west and east­ern re­gions, with 25 cm or more ex­pected.

Parts of Nova Sco­tia and Prince Ed­ward Is­land also lay in the storm’s path, where win­ter storm watches or rain­fall warn­ings had al­ready been posted.

The great­est sin­gle-day snowfall record in Canada was in Tahtsa Lake, B.C. when 145 cm fell on Feb. 11, 1999, ac­cord­ing to En­vi­ron­ment Canada.

 ?? JULIE OLIVER/OT­TAWA CIT­I­ZEN ?? Sid­ney Hicks tries to fend off the snow with her um­brella while hav­ing to take the mid­dle of the street to walk down­town.
JULIE OLIVER/OT­TAWA CIT­I­ZEN Sid­ney Hicks tries to fend off the snow with her um­brella while hav­ing to take the mid­dle of the street to walk down­town.
 ?? JULIE OLIVER/OT­TAWA CIT­I­ZEN ??
JULIE OLIVER/OT­TAWA CIT­I­ZEN
 ?? PHO­TOS: JULIE OLIVER/OT­TAWA CIT­I­ZEN ?? Even with a big plow, the op­er­a­tor of this road grader finds it hard to keep Bron­son Av­enue clear of heav­ily fall­ing snow.
PHO­TOS: JULIE OLIVER/OT­TAWA CIT­I­ZEN Even with a big plow, the op­er­a­tor of this road grader finds it hard to keep Bron­son Av­enue clear of heav­ily fall­ing snow.
 ??  ?? Gra­ham Met­calf, 6, laughs all the way down the Ar­bore­tum to­bog­gan hill into a face plant at the bot­tom.
Gra­ham Met­calf, 6, laughs all the way down the Ar­bore­tum to­bog­gan hill into a face plant at the bot­tom.
 ??  ?? Craig Hung gives his lit­tle guy, Alex, a push from the top at the Ar­bore­tum to­bog­gan hill, a pop­u­lar place to play Thurs­day.
Craig Hung gives his lit­tle guy, Alex, a push from the top at the Ar­bore­tum to­bog­gan hill, a pop­u­lar place to play Thurs­day.
 ??  ?? Steve Ja­cob­sen puts some mus­cle be­hind his shovel while dig­ging out in the Glebe.
Steve Ja­cob­sen puts some mus­cle be­hind his shovel while dig­ging out in the Glebe.

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