Record daily snowfall in capital Ottawa, Canada

Record daily snowfall in capital Ottawa, Canada

Heavy in capital Ottawa, Canada, on January 18, 2020, set a new snowfall record for the date, beating the previous one set four decades ago.

A total of 21 cm (8.2 inches) fell at the Ottawa Airport between Saturday afternoon and early Sunday afternoon, January 18 to 19, burying parts of the capital in snow.

On Saturday, Ottawa Airpot registered 14.3 cm (5.6 inches) of snow, breaking the record for the city's greatest snowfall for January 18 previously set in 1978, at 10.2 cm (4 inches).

The snow caused travel disruptions across the city and grounded flights at the Ottawa Airport.

Meanwhile, Environment Canada has lifted the snowfall warning early Sunday morning as the system moved out of the region. Cleanups are now underway for the city.

"As the snow starts to slow down in the morning and into the early afternoon hours, we will be making sure we are out clearing all roads, sidewalks, and cycling lanes and getting them ready for the Monday morning commute," said Laila Gibbons, Ottawa's Director of Road Services.

On Tuesday, January 21, authorities warned that slippery spots may occur after some major snow removal. 

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador set an all-time 24-hour snowfall record on January 18 when St. John's International Airpot recorded 76.2 cm (30 inches). The city's previous all-time daily snowfall record was set on April 5, 1999, at 68.4 cm (27 inches).

Detroit, MI in the United States also broke its daily snowfall record on January 18 with 17 cm (6.8 inches) recorded at Detroit Metro Airport. The previous record for that date was 13.2 cm (5.2 inches) set in 1892. Detroit usually sees 31.7 cm (12.5 inches) of snow during the entire month of January.

Featured image credit: @burnuts007/YouTube

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