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Here's what's closing Thursday for this massive winter storm

Here's what's closing Thursday for this massive winter storm

Feb 27, 2020

Ottawa (Canada) Feb 27: Many students in western Quebec will have Thursday off, while libraries and community centres in Ottawa will also see partial closures as a fierce winter storm rolls through the region.
A wide swath of eastern Ontario and western Quebec is currently under a winter storm warning, with Environment Canada forecasting as much as 40 centimetres of snow could fall on the nation's capital by Thursday afternoon.
That means library branches in Ottawa will be closed until at least noon, as will all recreation or cultural facilities - aside from nine centres being used as balloting stations in Thursday's provincial byelections in Ottawa-Vanier and Orleans.
While those nine will remain open for voting, programming and rentals will be cancelled Thursday morning.
In western Quebec, students with the Western Quebec School Board, the Commission Scolaire des Portages-de-l'Outaouais, the Commission scolaire au Cœur-des-Vallees and the Commission scolaire des Draveurs will all have the day off, as the boards have cancelled all classes.
Board-run daycares will also be closed Thursday.
Some flights in and out of the Ottawa International Airport will likely be delayed - and potentially cancelled - as the airport authority was already warning about late arrivals and departures as the first few flakes started falling Wednesday.
Severe weather plan initiated
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has urged residents to work from home, and some federal departments have also made similar pitches to their employees.
OC Transpo, meanwhile, has implemented its "severe weather plan," meaning there will be more workers out helping commuters get around during the storm.
Rideau Transit Maintenance and its contractors will be out clearing snow from the LRT tracks and dispersing salt in the train stations.
Those who do take buses or trains tomorrow should prepare for longer-than-normal travel times, OC Transpo said.
The city has also cancelled Thursday's planning committee meeting, with the majority of items that were to be considered tomorrow deferred until they next meet March 26.
Environment Canada says the snow should taper off to flurries by late Thursday.
Source: CBC News