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CanadaFreezing rain cancels school buses surrounding Ottawa

15:20  04 february  2019
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School buses are cancelled in areas surrounding eastern Ontario's two biggest cities, but not yet in Ottawa or Kingston. Freezing rain overnight is transitioning to steady, sometimes heavy rain today. With freezing rain and possible flooding, Friday won't be pretty. It's caused school buses to be

The freezing rain storm in the Ottawa area means several local school boards have cancelled school buses today. Freezing rain started Monday night and The Commission scolaire des Draveurs has cancelled buses this morning but says it's still determining whether or not they will run this afternoon.

Freezing rain cancels school buses surrounding Ottawa © CBC News More school bus agencies have cancelled service today than are keeping them running, though our region's biggest cities haven't yet called theirs off.

The risk of freezing drizzle and rain has led to many rural eastern Ontario schools not getting bus service today.

Most of the region is under some sort of advisory about slippery conditions today.

That has led to school buses being cancelled:

  • for English public and Catholic schools in Renfrew County,
  • for the Upper Canada District School Board and Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario,
  • for schools in North and Centre Hastings managed by the Tri-Board bus service,
  • and for all French schools in eastern Ontario except those in Ottawa, Kingston and Trenton.

Schools will remain open.

School buses are running in Kingston, Belleville and other Tri-Board areas.

There has been no word yet on buses for Ottawa and western Quebec.

Schools are open as Toronto handles the aftermath of a wild winter storm.
After a Tuesday full of snow, freezing rain and ice, Toronto is in for a slightly more manageable Wednesday. Environment Canada’s winter storm warning for the city ended just after 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, but it was replaced shortly after by a special weather statement alerting residents to strong winds. Gusts up to 70 km/h are expected across Southern Ontario. Combined with the ice buildup from yesterday’s freezing rain, tree branches might break, Environment Canada warned, possibly resulting in power outages in the region. The wind is expected to die down over the morning.

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