Ice Storm Coming This Weekend. Be Prepared

Expect a 60 per cent chance of showers throughout the day. A high of 13 C

Expect a 60 per cent chance of showers throughout the day. A high of 13 C

Freezing rain, freezing rain, go away!

So, if there's a storm this weekend, it also has the potential to be risky and cause widespread effects and tough travel.

Spring weather - with pleasant temperatures of 16 C - will hit the GTA on Thursday, but that will come to an abrupt and icy halt this weekend. Areas closer to Lake Ontario may remain slightly milder on Saturday with a changeover to freezing rain possibly delayed until later in the day.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Toronto, Hamilton, and the regions of Halton, Peel, York, and Durham, warning of freezing rain early Thursday.

Environment Canada says the temperature will fall below the freezing mark Saturday and rain will change over into freezing rain possibly mixed with ice pellets at times in the afternoon lasting into the evening.

Areas in eastern Ontario will see snowfall amounts of between 10 and 15 centimetres, along with freezing rain and ice pellets.




Freezing rain is likely to be found in that boundary, especially north of Grand Rapids late Saturday, but a razor-thin margin of a degree or two means some icing is possible as far south as Grand Rapids, Holland, Lansing and Muskegon. However, there is a potential for this to be a high impact storm.

In some regions ice accumulations in excess of 20 millimetres is possible with gusty winds to 60 km/h.

The weather system will also result in wind gusts of up to 70 kilometres per hour in some areas which may cause power outages.

Travel is also expected to be hazardous.

Periods of rain with a chance of freezing rain is forecast for Friday before a big blast of snow this weekend.

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