Brace yourselves for a wintry onslaught as a mix of snow, ice pellets, and freezing rain is expected to pummel the region tonight into Thursday morning. Lanark, Leeds and Grenville residents are urged to exercise caution and prepare for hazardous conditions on the roads and sidewalks.
The main concern is freezing rain, which poses the risk of light ice build-up on various surfaces. Forecasters predict total snowfall and ice pellet accumulations of around 5 centimetres, with higher amounts anticipated in the Ottawa Valley area.
The wintry mix is set to begin Wednesday night and persist into Thursday morning, creating potential challenges for the Thursday morning commute.
A looming low-pressure system is on the horizon, heralding the arrival of snow and ice pellets later tonight. As the night progresses, these wintry forms of precipitation are expected to transform into freezing rain, making for treacherous conditions in the early hours of Thursday. However, relief is in sight as temperatures are anticipated to rise above freezing, leading to a transition to plain rain later on Thursday morning or afternoon.
Residents are strongly advised to stay tuned to updates and alerts issued by Environment Canada. For reporting severe weather incidents, individuals can send an email to ONstorm@ec.gc.ca or share their observations on social media platforms using the hashtag #ONStorm.