Ottawa hit by coldest snowstorm in more than 120 years, Canada

Ottawa hit by coldest snowstorm in more than 120 years, Canada

On January 20, 2019, Canadian capital Ottawa experienced its coldest day with significant snowfall in more than 120 years.

The daytime high temperatures in the city reached -19.3 °C (-2.74 °F) with a low of -24.2 °C (-11.5 °F) on January 19, but the city saw less than 5 cm (1.9 inches) of snow. January 20, however, brought over 20 cm (7.8 inches) of snow and daytime high temperature of -17.4 °C (-0.68 °F), making it the coldest snowstorm to hit the city in more than 120 years.

Ottawa's coldest snowstorm on record is still the one that hit on February 8, 1895, when the city received 45.7 cm (17.9 inches) of snow with a daytime high of -17.8 °C (0 °F).

January 19, 2019 will also stay remembered as residents of Ottawa woke up to -24 °C (-11.2 °F), making their city the coldest capital city on Earth, some 20 °C (36 °F) colder than Moscow and Helsinki.

The intense cold, which collided with a healthy stream of moisture directly from the mild Gulf of Mexico is to blame for this rare occurrence and Ottawa just happened to find itself at the intersection of the two, The Weather Network meteorologists said.

Featured image credit: John Zwicker @JohnZwicker1


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