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Freezing rain warning issued for Guelph and area

Freezing rain warning issued for Guelph and area

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.

A significant ice storm is predicted for Sunday and some power outages are likely.

An ice storm sweeping through southern Ontario could down power lines, delay flights and lead to risky driving conditions.

As a moisture-laden low pressure system moves over the lower Great Lakes this weekend, brisk northeasterly winds will bring in cold Arctic air and force temperatures below freezing Saturday morning (April 14).

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.

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In the Toronto area, Environment Canada said an ice buildup of 10 to 20 millimetres are likely by late Sunday. Travel will become treacherous to almost impossible at times between Saturday night and early Sunday. The freezing rain may persist well into Sunday before changing over to rain.

Though the system is expected to taper off by Monday, the agency is still calling for a 70 per cent chance of showers in Toronto on Monday with a high of 5 C. Extended and widespread utility outages are possible.

As well, a rainfall warning and freezing rain alert were issued for Chatham-Kent and Rondeau Park by Environment Canada.

The National Weather Service used an Ice Storm Waring for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Monroe, Wyoming and Livingston counties from 2 p.m. Saturday through 2 p.m. Sunday.