Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Spring storm could bring snow, freezing rain over weekend: Environment Canada

Spring storm could bring snow, freezing rain over weekend: Environment Canada

Ice accumulations of this magnitude combined with gusty winds to 60 km/h may result in widespread power outages due to fallen tree limbs and power lines.

An ice storm warning was issued for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee & Wyoming counties from 2 p.m. Saturday until 2 p.m. Sunday.

The freezing rain will give way to rain by Sunday evening.

As Environment Canada warns residents in southern Ontario of a "potentially historic ice storm" this weekend, a number of closures are in place and officials are taking precautions.

The agency is warning the public to stay off the roads, as driving conditions are likely to become treacherous with the blast of wintery weather.

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A destructive ice storm could bring down trees today in Western New York, and high winds expected Sunday and Monday could cause even more damage and power outages. 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. Freezing rain may also become mixed with or turn into ice pellets.

The average high for this time of year is 10 C. Up to an inch of freezing rain is possible in some locations.

As this weather system is still a few days away, Environment Canada said there remains uncertainty with regards to precipitation amounts and which areas will be most affected.

Residents from the GTA and beyond are sharing their photos and videos from across the region as the storm passes through their neighbourhoods.

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