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Record-breaking snowfall cancels Ottawa-area school buses

A record-breaking November snowstorm has cancelled school buses in Ottawa and surrounding counties, and caused flight delays at the airport.
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A record-breaking November snowstorm has cancelled school buses in Ottawa and surrounding counties, and caused flight delays at the airport.

School buses have been cancelled in the city of Ottawa for both English- and French-language schools in the public and Catholic boards. Areas served by the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario and the Upper Canada District School Board have also cancelled school buses. All schools remain open.

As of midnight, the official snow total at the Ottawa airport was 9.4 centimetres, shattering the previous record for the date of 5.2 centimetres, set in 1983.

"Quite an interesting start to November, especially with this early snow," said Jill Taylor, 1310 NEWS meteorologist. "Very cold temperatures taking over now, some record cold morning lows are possible in some parts of southern and eastern Ontario."

Ottawa's city roads crews were out overnight, concentrating on the main routes, as the city received more snow than works crews initially expected.

"We did pull in some more resources, earlier this morning, between 4 and 5 o'clock," said Laila Gibbons, director of roads and parking services, City of Ottawa. "The heaviest-hit were basically the east and the south of the city, where we saw up to 15 centimetres, and then most other areas we saw the predicted 10 centimetres."

OC Transpo advised transit riders to expect delays on many bus routes, due to weather and slippery road conditions. The Confederation Line, however, appeared to be running trouble-free. The snow-clearing plan for the LRT was to keep empty trains running along the line through the night, to keep the tracks clear of snow.

Multiple flights to cities like Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia and Boston were cancelled, while several others were delayed, Tuesday morning. You can check your flight's status on the airport's website.




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