Special weather statement issued, calling for significant winter storm on Tuesday

Traffic on Queensway during snow storm.							Tony Caldwell  OTTwp

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm watch calling for 15 to 25 cenimetres of snow and ice pellets and strong winds Tuesday. Snow will mix with - or change to ice pellets later Tuesday morning, and to freezing rain Tuesday afternoon.

"Several hours of freezing rain are possible before changing to snow in the evening", the statement said.

Strong and gusty easterly winds may cause low visibility in blowing snow before the snow changes over to freezing precipitation.

A low pressure system brewing over the southern plains States may intensify into a winter storm as it tracks over southern Ontario Tuesday, the statement said.

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This weather system may have a significant impact on travel.

"Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel hard over some locations", the statement said. "Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery".

The white stuff is expected to arrive on Tuesday morning.

Monday's weather is expected to be "mainly cloudy" with a high of -9 C and a wind chill around -17.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. The alert activates expanded shelter space and services for the city's homeless population and will remain in effect until further notice from the city.

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