Ottawa drivers face off against first snowfall

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the city of Ottawa.

The snow at 5 a.m Tuesday morning. Brian Hill/THE JUNCTION

The snow at 5 a.m Tuesday morning. THE JUNCTION/Brian Hill.

After an unusually warm fall, the city woke up to a layer of snow Tuesday morning – the first snowfall of the season. Ontario Provincial Police took to Twitter to warn drivers to keep an eye out for black ice and local police were tweeting advice on how to stay safe on city roads.

Tips for safer driving on the Ottawa Police Service website include slowing down and avoiding sudden turns.

Some Ottawa residents are already joking about moving to warmer cities, which, in Canada, are limited.    

Carleton student Elizabeth Parker said while she hates the snow, she wasn’t worried about accidents during her morning commute to school, because she had her winter tires put on last weekend. Chris Marano, another Carleton student, said he has yet to get his winter tires put on, but he isn’t worried. “There wasn’t too much traffic, believe it or not,” he said. According to CBC, there have been a number of collisions around the city.


At 1 p.m. Media Relations for Ottawa Police Services told The Junction that 24 collisions have happened Tuesday. They are expecting the total number of collisions to reach the usual daily average of 50.

This story will continue to be updated throughout the day…

Author: Olivia Bowden

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