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High winds and freezing rain may cause risky driving conditions

High winds and freezing rain may cause risky driving conditions

It will be a cloudy and rainy day on Friday, ahead of a storm system that could leave the GTA covered in ice this weekend.

Environment Canada has released a special weather statement for London-Middlesex as rain on Saturday is expected to change to freezing rain as colder air moves in.

Gusty winds will also develop and combined with some accumulating ice can cause some downed trees and power lines.

An ice storm sweeping through southern Ontario could down power lines, delay flights and lead to unsafe driving conditions. The temperatures in the morning will be near 3 C but will fall to -2 C by the afternoon. Some areas may receive more than 20 mm of freezing rain, which would result in higher amounts of ice accretion especially if temperatures hover a couple degrees below zero. It will bring a combination of heavy rain, wind, sleet and freezing rain to West Michigan.

The inclement weather is forecast to persist into this evening, with several centimetres of ice pellets expected.

Another round of appreciable rain and potential thunderstorms is likely again later on Sunday.

The snow is expected to end Saturday evening changing to patchy freezing drizzle in its wake.

Conditions may become a little slippery in Chatham-Kent this weekend.

Toronto Hydro and other utility companies across the province warned people to brace for power outages during the storm.

It's not exactly known when the precipitation will turn back to rain Sunday but 25 millimetres, it may exceed that in some locales, of ice is expected to build up across the area by morning.


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