Ottawa braces for snowfall with overnight parking ban

A heavy snowfall arriving overnight means Ottawa residents are banned from leaving their cars parked on city streets for the second time in less than a week.

Environment Canada said five centimetres would fall overnight Wednesday, with another five to 10 centimetres coming down throughout Thursday.

Conditions could be made worse by strong blowing winds of up to 60 km/h, which could make blowing snow a possibility.

Temperatures are not expected to fall below -5°C.

As a result, the city has barred vehicles from parking on any city street between 1 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday.

A parking ban was in effect last Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25 after more than 10 centimetres of snow blanketed the city.

The city of Ottawa usually bans parking when there is an expected snowfall of more than five centimetres.