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Drivers brace for April ice storm throughout most of southern Ontario

14 April, 2018, 20:17 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • It's going to get icy, Toronto

On Saturday, the agency warned the storm could be reminiscent of the 2013 ice storm that blanketed the region and caused wide-spread power outages.

A moisture-laden low pressure area is heading this way, which is expected to force temperatures to fall near the zero-degree mark Saturday.

We got a taste of warmer weather but Mother Nature has made a decision to follow that up with a weekend of rain and freezing rain and a potential ice storm. As the low approaches, brisk northeasterly winds will pump in cold Arctic air, forcing temperatures below freezing this morning.

Patchy rain will blanket much of Southwestern Ontario Saturday morning before changing to freezing rain that will last into the evening before tapering off, Environment Canada said in a statement.

A powerful low will move across the Great Lakes, whipping up strong winds and heavy rain for most of southern lower MI through the day Saturday. Thus an accumulation of ice is possible later on Saturday into Saturday night which will cause for some unsafe travel conditions.

As of Thursday afternoon, there were no weather watches or warnings in place. Some ice pellets may be mixed in at times. Less than an inch of snow is expected into Monday. Brief freezing rain is expected overnight in Essex County, the agency says.

"Any freezing rain should be fairly brief near the Highway 401 corridor, but may persist for a couple of hours for regions farther north and especially over higher terrain", Environment Canada says.

"Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the strong winds and ice".

"Dangerous winter driving conditions are expected on untreated roads Saturday and Sunday".

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