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Ottawa's coldest morning of the winter, with more frigid weather on the way

Friday's double-digit negative temperatures will continue through the weekend and into early next week.
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Skating on the Rideau Canal, February 17, 2018. Mike Vlasveld/OttawaMatters

While cold temperatures are one of the hallmarks of an Ottawa winter, Friday morning conditions set a new low for the season, and prompted a frostbite alert from public health officials.

Temperatures before wind chill at the Ottawa airport were recorded at -20.1 Celsius as of 5 a.m., Friday. 1310 NEWS Meteorologist Jill Taylor says it's the coldest morning Ottawa has seen so far this winter.

Exacerbating the cold, wind made the frigid temperatures feel closer to -30. The deep cold and biting wind chill prompted Ottawa Public Health to issue a frostbite advisory for the capital.

Double-digit temperatures are expected to continue in Ottawa through the weekend and into early next week.

There are some positives from the current weather; the arctic high pressure system responsible for keeping things so cold in Ottawa is also helping to keep the snow at bay.

"It doesn't look like we'll get any snow until perhaps Wednesday," said Taylor.

The cold weather has helped re-open the Rideau Canal Skateway. The canal had been closed to skaters because of milder temperatures deteriorating the ice surface, but the NCC announced it would re-open the Skateway from Hartwells Locks to Laurier Avenue at 8 a.m., Friday.


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