Possible ice storm coming this weekend

'Major ice storm' may hit parts of Eastern Ontario this weekend

'Major ice storm' may hit parts of Eastern Ontario this weekend

Roads may also become icy between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, and flooding is also possible in some areas later in the day on Sunday.

"Fast-moving cyclone will cross the southern part of Ontario on Thursday, bringing rain to the area". The rain is expected to taper off on Monday.

Environment Canada notes that a "slow-moving low pressure system" will move into southern Ontario on Saturday, and precipitation will begin as rain.

With freezing rain and plenty of rain also in the forecast, the agency says, it's shaping up to be a few days of wild weather.

"However, there is a potential for this to be a high-impact storm", the special weather statement said.

"Precipitation may start out as rain, but increasing northeasterly winds will draw colder air from an arctic high pressure system to the north, resulting in a changeover to freezing rain".

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Adding to further misery, the precipitation is expected to change to several hours of freezing rain at some point on Sunday.

At this point, there is still considerable uncertainty with regards to which areas may be most affected.

"Areas closer to Lake Ontario and near the Highway 401 corridor may remain just above the freezing mark much of the time, limiting the amount of icing somewhat".

It would make travel hazardous while accumulations of up to 20 millimetres of ice combined with gusty winds to 60 km/h may cause widespread power outages due to fallen tree limbs and power lines, Environment Canada warns.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

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