Published: Fri, April 13, 2018

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

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

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.

"Snow changing to freezing rain is possible for the Greater Montreal, the Outaouais and the Eastern Townships".

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.

Over higher terrain areas, the freezing rain may last a bit longer. Northeasterly winds could draw colder air from an arctic high-pressure system from the north, resulting in a changeover from rain to freezing rain or ice pellets. "Closer to the lake Ontario shoreline, only rain is expected".

Apparently, Sunday will be the day most likely to see freezing rain in the Kingston area.

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

Ice accumulations in excess of 20 mm will be possible in some places.

"There is still considerable uncertainty with regards to which areas may be most affected", the agency said Wednesday.

Not that you'd know it from this "spring" but normal temperatures for mid-April are highs of 11 C and lows of 1 C. The freezing rain is expected to change back to rain possibly heavy at times Sunday morning as temperatures rise above the freezing mark. This, combined with gusty winds of 60 km/h expected, could result in power outages from falling tree limbs and power lines.

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