Environment Canada: Rainy day ahead before potential ice storm this weekend

Apr 15, 2018, 00:54
Environment Canada: Rainy day ahead before potential ice storm this weekend

The ice storm warning is in effect from 2 p.m. today until 2 p.m. Sunday for Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, and Livingston counties.

Power outages and tree damage are likely, according to the National Weather Service, due to the wind and ice.

The agency says ice build up of 10 to 20 millimetres appears likely across the region by Sunday morning, adding that it will be less in areas close to Lake Ontario. Initially, we will see some plain rain Saturday morning, but as the air grows colder, the rain will mix with and change over to sleet and freezing rain.

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Wind gusts to 40 miles per hour today and tonight teamed up with freezing rain late today and tonight could cause power outages. Environment Canada warned that the rain could cause flooding in some areas by Sunday night, and would likely continue into Monday.

They say significant ice build is possible tomorrow and risky winter driving conditions are likely as untreated roads will become snow covered and slippery. Exams scheduled for Saturday, April 14, will now take place on Thursday, April 26.

"It's a lot of freezing rain, no question about it", said Kimbell.

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Freezing rain, freezing rain, go away!

Hydro One says it has crews ready to respond to outages 24/7, and additional resources are on standby this weekend. By early Saturday afternoon, about 8,000 people were without power. Drivers should expect ice-covered surfaces and be on the lookout for downed tree limbs and power lines.

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