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Brace yourselves, Ottawa: Monster storm set to sweep Eastern Ontario

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Eastern Ontario — and if the forecast is correct, it looks like this storm will be a doozy.

Snow, freezing rain and ice pellets are expected to hit Tuesday, when a low-pressure system from Texas picks up intensity as it heads towards the Great Lakes in the morning. Then, it will track northeast in the afternoon, packing a punch across the St. Lawrence Valley.

“Depending on the exact nature of the low track, total snowfall amounts of 20 to 40 cm are possible with this storm. A few hours of freezing rain near the St. Lawrence River and Ottawa valley is also possible,” Environment Canada warns.

Heavy snow and freezing rain will cause hazardous driving conditions — non-essential travel should be postponed and commuters are being advised that they should be prepared for rush-hour delays.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow,” the Environment Canada alert notes, adding that ice build-up may cause damage to trees.