Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Winter storm hits Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada

An anticipated snow dump has begun to fall in the Ottawa-Gatineau region Tuesday afternoon with Environment Canada warning as much as 15 cm could fall before the day is over.

The City of Ottawa had about 170 salt trucks on the roads Tuesday morning after a light freezing drizzle fell overnight.

Even so, police reported at least 20 weather-related collisions Tuesday morning in Ottawa, where warmer than usual temperatures have turned roads wet and made sidewalks sloppy.

In one incident, a Carleton University student lost control of his vehicle on Queen Elizabeth Driveway and crashed into a snowbank. Rob Moreau and his crew of construction workers came to the rescue pushing the Buick back on the road.

Steve Kee with the Insurance Bureau of Canada said insurance companies expect a spike in collisions on days like Tuesday.

School buses cancelled

School buses were cancelled in the morning at Ottawa's English and French public and Catholic school boards. The Upper Canada and Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario also don't have any buses running. Read More