Snow and blowing snow created white out conditions for the morning commute Monday Feb. 25, 2019.
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It’s a wild and windy commute out there.Motorists face zero visibility conditions in some areas while pedestrians are head-down to the wind on slick sidewalks.“Today’s flurries and strong wind gusts may cause difficult road conditions,” OC Transpo warned Monday morning. “Please take care as you head out or wait to catch your bus.”“We are hearing reports of white-out conditions in open areas across Ottawa,” city police said. “Please slow down and leave extra space between you and other vehicles. Drive with caution so you have time to adapt to changing road conditions.”Complete whiteout along Fallowfield bet Greenbank and Woodroffe. Visibility of 2 car lengths ahead at times. Turn on your headlights! #otttraffic #barrhaven— Holly Davis (@DavisHollya) February 25, 2019“Complete whiteout along Fallowfield bet Greenbank and Woodroffe,” warned one motorist. “Visibility of 2 car lengths ahead at times. Turn on your headlights!”Meanwhile, westbound Hunt Club Road is down to one lane at Cedarview Rd for road work until 3:30 p.m. so expect delays.Hydro Ottawa is reporting that an outage affecting 95 Hydro Ottawa customers in Rideau-Goulbourn is over but now there’s one affecting 275 in River Ward near Walkley Road and Riverside Drive and nearly 300 near Constance Lake.Estimated restoration time for the River Ward outage is 11 a.m. Crews were still on their way to the rural west outage.Hydro Ottawa says that more outages are possible so people should keep their phones charged and consider downloading the utility’s app:Heavy winds in #Ottawa today. Be prepared for possible outages. Keep your phones charged and consider downloading the Hydro Ottawa app to stay updated should outages occur. Stay safe! pic.twitter.com/0YXiFRWSNJ— Hydro Ottawa (@hydroottawa) February 25, 2019Traffic disruptions at Hunt Club and Cedarview – traffic signals not working. OPS directing traffic. Duration unknown. Expect delays. #otttraffic— Ottawa_Traffic (@Ottawa_Traffic) February 25, 2019“All available crews are being mobilized,” Hydro Ottawa said early Monday morning. “We appreciate your patience while we tackle damage across our service territory.”After being out for sometime this morning, several traffic lights are working again, including Hunt Club and Cedarview, Hawthorne and Ages, and Innes and Frank Bender.Heading north Monday? North East Region OPP has actually advised motorists to avoid any unnecessary travel.MRC des Collines Police are warning of “very difficult” road conditions on Route 309 between L’Ange Gardien and Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette. Route 309 is closed at the corner of Corrigan Road after a five-vehicle crash and two tractor trailers got stuck north of the crash scene.East region OPP was renewing warnings to drive carefully long after the morning commute. At 11 a.m., they advised “extreme caution, particularly east of ottawa” with persistent white out conditions in many areas. “Be prepared for loss of visibility,” the OPP warned.As of about 8:20 a.m., firefighters were on their way to a reported large vehicle jackknifed at intersection of Stagecoach and Old Stagecoach roads. They asked motorists to avoid the area, slow down and move over for emergency vehicles.Woodroffe Avenue was closed between Slack and Fallowfield roads after a five-vehicle crash at Woodroffe and Fallowfield roads at 8:20 a.m. Injuries were minor, police said. It was one of 23 collisions reported in Ottawa since 6 a.m., police said. Police reported that Woodroffe reopened around 10:30 a.m.Trim Road, which was closed between Wall and Navan roads during the morning commute, was reopened a bit before 10 a.m.Frank Kenny Road, closed between Colonial Road and Régimbald Road due to multiple collisions, has also reopened.We are hearing reports of white-out conditions in open areas across #Ottawa. Please slow down and leave extra space between you and other vehicles.Drive with caution so you have time to adapt to changing road conditions. #otttraffic pic.twitter.com/ZkJfUUHn28— Ottawa Police (@OttawaPolice) February 25, 2019Highway 417 had been closed between Limoges Road and St. Guillaume Road in the Limoges area due to poor weather conditions but reopened just before 9 a.m.There were also “multiple” collisions throughout Russell County due to poor weather conditions, with the OPP adding that it’s “is asking motorists to avoid traveling if possible.”City police Sgt. Mark Gatien tweeted at about 8 a.m. that Frank Kenny and Trim roads were in white out conditions. “Vehicles are stopping on the road side all over the roads,” he said. Please be careful, we may have to close down a few roads until the squalls stop.”ALSO IN THE NEWSBlowing snow advisory with wind gusts of up to 80 km/hThe Havana Syndrome: Why Canadian diplomats have accused their government of abandoning themOSCARS: Historic wins for diversity as ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Roma’ celebrated while ‘Green Book’ takes best picture