On Saturday, Environment Canada issued freezing rain warnings for southern Ontario, where power outages are expected. Significant ice accumulation is expected.
The weather agency is warning that periods of rain starting Friday could change into freezing rain by Saturday morning as cooler temperatures set in.
As this weather system is still a few days away, there remains uncertainty with regards to precipitation amounts and which areas will be most affected.
With an ice storm impacting our area today, National Grid is bringing in an additional 2,00 crew members for support. The greatest risk for heavy freezing rain will be along and north of I-96. "Most of the travel concern will be overnight, Saturday night into Sunday", added Mr. Mitchell. About one-half-inch of ice is expected to accumulate.
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Freezing rain may become mixed with or turn over to ice pellets at times in some areas, and Environment Canada says some snow is possible, especially in the Belleville to Kingston areas.
Gusty winds will also develop and combined with some accumulating ice can cause some downed trees and power lines.
Toronto is expected to only receive 15 millimetres of freezing rain, while Kimbell said areas like Hamilton could receive between 20 and 30 millimetres by Sunday. Sunday morning another round of ice pellets will move into the region quickly changing over to freezing rain later in the morning.
Travel will be hard at times.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.Travel will be hard due to ice covered surfaces and downed tree limbs and powerlines.