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Freezing rain warning issued for Ottawa

Ottawa residents enjoyed a brief intro into patio season this weekend, but it’s back to messy March for the rest of the week.

Metro file photo of wet winter weather in Halifax.

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Metro file photo of wet winter weather in Halifax.

Ottawa residents enjoyed a brief intro to patio season this weekend, but it’s back to messy March for the rest of the week. 

The temperature reached a high of 12 C on Saturday and hardy residents with spring fever hit patios along Elgin Street and inside the Byward Market over the weekend.

Spring ice blasting, normally undertaken to prevent flooding, was scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday but was cancelled because the warm weather made it unnecessary.

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is still warning residents to remain off the ice and be cautious of high water levels along the river. 

Mild temperatures of 7 C and sun continued on Sunday, making the time change a little bit easier, but the whether is predicted to turn cold and slushy after the weekend. 

Environment Canada released a special weather statement for Ottawa on Sunday warning of possible freezing rain on Monday morning.

A low-pressure system approaching from the Great Lakes area will bring nasty weather and slippery surfaces on Monday, according to the release.

 “An initial band of intermittent rain will spread into southern portions of the province today and tonight, reaching far Eastern Ontario Monday morning,” reads the statement.

“It will likely begin as some freezing rain Monday morning over regions neighbouring the Ottawa Valley and could persist for a few hours before changing to periodic rain as temperatures gradually moderate above the freezing mark,” it continues.

Above zero temperatures and rain are forecast for most of the week.

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