Today marks the first official day of winter but you wouldn’t know it based on the weather. Winter officially arrives at 5:23 p.m. this afternoon but it won’t feel like winter until tonight when the temperature takes a nosedive. Rain is expected to continue throughout the day today with about 10 to 15 mm in the forecast. That will be followed by freezing rain late this evening and tonight as the mercury slides below zero. And continuing with the mixed bag of weather we may even see some snow and ice pellets tonight as much as 2 cm. So be extra careful behind the wheel tonight and be patient with municipal crews as they’ll also be out sanding and salting your roads and highways.
Still with the rainfall and mild weather all the precipitation and warmer temperatures should melt most of the snow on the ground and this should lead to increased water levels and flows. Both local Conservation Authorities the Mississippi Valley and Rideau Valley are advising residents, especially children to stay away from all rivers and water bodies … including creeks and ditches where water is flowing rapidly. The banks will be slippery, so be extra careful. And residents should be very cautious and stay off any ice-covered water bodies as they could become unstable with the rain and mild temperatures.
The OPP Festive RIDE campaign is in full swing and the Upper Ottawa Valley detachment is reporting that last week officers conducted 45 checkpoints across the region. One driver was given a three-day licence suspension but no drunk driving charges were reported at any of the stops. But away from the RIDE checks officers did charge three other drivers with impaired driving under the Criminal Code. These were in Petawawa and Laurentian Valley. The police want to take this time to remind everyone who is drinking or taking drugs this holiday season to not climb behind the wheel because officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers. RIDE stops could be anywhere … and the campaign will continue throughout the Christmas break … through until January 2nd.
A lengthy season for the Quyon Ferry wraps up tonight as today marks the last day of operation until the spring. The final run is set for 8 o’clock tonight but it’ll be business as usual up until then with the ferry crossing the Ottawa River from Fitzroy Harbour to Quyon every 10 minutes. For more information … you can visit quyonferry.com
AND IN SPORTS …
Make it six in a row for the Pembroke Lumber Kings as they downed the Kanata Lasers 4-1 last night … as they look to turn around a tough start to the CCHL season. Mason McTavish … Brendan Browne … Alex DiCarlo … and Michael Douglas scored for Pembroke … while Darian McTavish turned aside 32 shots for the win. The Lumber Kings are now in 10th place in the 12-team league but are only two points behind Kemptville for 9th spot. This weekend Pembroke only has one game as they head into the Christmas break. Tonight they’re in Brockville to face the Braves. Game time is 7:30.
Still with the CCHL … the Carleton Place Canadians are home tonight … as they host the Kanata Lasers. Game time at the Neelin Street Arena is 7:45.
AND … in the CCHL-2 … this is the final weekend of action before the Christmas holidays … and tonight the Renfrew Timberwolves host the Whitewater Kings at 8 o’clock … and the Arnprior Packers are at home … as Brockville is in town. Game time tonight at the Nick Smith Centre is 7:30. And on Saturday … Arnprior is in Cobden to face Whitewater. Puck drop in that one is tomorrow at 7:30.