Snow moving out of Eastern Ontario this evening

A snowy scene in Chesterville late last month, during the last time that school buses were cancelled. The village looked much the same today, Feb. 7, the eighth day of cancelled student transportation in 2017-18. Environment Canada had a "weather statement" in effect because of the day's significant snowfall. Zandbergen photo

Latest dump a boon to students looking to avoid class, and to snowmobilers wanting to ride re-opened trails

EASTERN ONTARIO — Significant flurries are expected to peter out early this evening, leaving today’s total accumulation at 10 to 15 cm  in the St. Lawrence Valley and 5 to 10 cm in the Ottawa Valley, says Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The snowfall was expected to have a significant impact on the afternoon commute and followed the cancellation of school buses earlier in the day. It was the eighth time during the winter of 2017-18 that Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario cancelled buses because of inclement weather — or in anticipation of forecasted slippery roads.

The current snowfall is the result of a Texas Low on its way through to New England, according to Environment Canada.

The flurries have heartened local snowmobilers, who have seen some of the region’s trails re-open on a limited basis.

“We groomed and have marked our north trails as limited,” says Graham Duke of the Nation Valley Snowmobile Association. “Our south trails lack snow to warrant grooming until after today’s 15cm snowfall. We will be out tomorrow and friday regrooming this fresh snow and hope to move trail status to Available (green). This would include the south trails. Just in time for Mountain Trail Blazers Sweetheart Rally on Saturday.”


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