Freezing rain coats Ottawa after 18 cm of snow falls
Frostbite advisory in effect for Monday as flash freeze hits the capital region
The National Capital Region saw about 15 millimetres of freezing rain on Sunday after 18 centimetres of snow fell late Saturday, and everything is expected to freeze with cold temperatures returning.
Freezing rain delayed many flights at the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa and forced the closure of the Camp Fortune ski resort.
Environment Canada also issued a special weather statement warning of the coldest temperatures of this winter beginning late Sunday night due to a "frigid Arctic airmass."
"Extreme cold warnings will likely be required at times during the week due to the combination of cold temperatures and brisk winds," the statement read.
Ottawa’s expected low overnight Sunday was a brisk minus 16 degrees Celsius with the wind making it feel like minus 25. Ottawa Public Health also issued a frostbite advisory for Monday when there will likely be a flash freeze.