More snow in Ottawa delays buses, flights

Ottawa saw the dampest and most winter-like Feb. 27 on record and that continued into Thursday with more snow and delays for area school buses and flights out of the Ottawa airport.

About 14 cm of snow fell Wednesday, Environment Canada says, beating record for Feb. 27

The clean-up continued today as Ottawa and areas of eastern Ontario received a record snowfall Wednesday, beating the previous record for Feb. 27 of 11 cm.

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There were major traffic delays through Wednesday afternoon and evening as OC Transpo buses were stuck across the city leading to hour-long delays. School buses were also delayed as much as two hours.

On Thursday morning, school buses for Ottawa's English public and Catholic school boards were running but the transportation authority said there were delays.

Most school buses were also running but delayed for the Upper Canada District School Board and Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario. There were some cancellations, though, for both public and Catholic schools in those boards.

CBC Ottawa climatologist Ian Black said 20 cm of snow fell in many spots across the region but Environment Canada reported a Wednesday snowfall of just more than 14 cm. That is still a record, though.

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The snow continued Thursday and as of 9 a.m. ET, about 6,000 homes and businesses in western Quebec were without power due to the heavy snow, twice the number from an earlier estimate.

Many flights were also delayed, some from as early as Wednesday afternoon, due to the heavy snow.

The roads and sidewalks were still wet and slushy. Some roads were closed for a time Wednesday due to downed power lines.

Ottawa and Gatineau police responded to more than 100 crashes, but none of them led to serious injuries, police said.