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Feb. 27, 2013 OC Transpo Winter Storm Update

Feb. 27, 2013 OC Transpo Winter Storm Update

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Feb. 27, 2013 OC Transpo Winter Storm Update
Feb. 27, 2013 OC Transpo Winter Storm Update

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Published by: Jon Willing on Mar 25, 2013
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February 27, 2013 Winter Storm EventTransit Services Department
Transit CommissionMarch 25, 2013
Challenging winter weather event
Morning precipitation started as rain/wet snow
Rain eventually switched over to ice pellets then snow atapproximately 10 a.m.
 As snow intensified the salt material could not keep ahead of accumulation and slushy conditions started to form on the roadsurface
By mid-afternoon the conditions changed significantly when thesnow storm stalled out over the Ottawa Valley
Instead of passing through the area, the system stayed in place andthe intensity of snow fall increased dramatically just ahead of afternoon peak traffic hours
Forecasts had anticipated a steady accumulation of 2-3 cm/hr duringthat time period so it was expected that the afternoon commutewould be a challenge
Winter Storm
(Reference: General Manager of Public Works Memo to Council)
For a 2 hour period from 2:30 to 4:30 that intensity increased toanywhere from 5 to 7.5 cm per hour according to the radar images
This rate of snowfall was of extreme intensity and, when coupledwith the fact that it came in the form of heavy wet snow, becamehard packed and bonded to the pavement surface as traffic droveover it
 As vehicles travelled over the fresh wet snow on the road surfaceit was compressed and compacted onto the road. This resulted inthick snow packed driving conditions with rutting and ridges in thetire paths and wash boarding affects at intersections andacceleration points. The packed on conditions are very difficult toplow off the road and rush hour congestion further complicated thesituation
 An accumulation of 20 cm of wet heavy snow.
Winter Storm
(Reference: General Manager of Public Works Memo to Council)

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