Significant freezing rain and ice pellets expected Saturday

Significant freezing rain and ice pellets expected Saturday

Significant freezing rain and ice pellets expected Saturday

Dufferin County, parts of Simcoe, Peel and Wellington County were hit hard April 4th when freezing rain coated everything, knocking out power to thousands.

So, if there's a storm this weekend, it also has the potential to be unsafe and cause widespread effects and tough travel.

Adding to further misery, the precipitation is expected to change to several hours of freezing rain at some point on Sunday.

The weather agency says the region is expected to get around 25-30 mm of rain over the weekend, which is about half of the month's average rainfall. Widespread flooding, power outages and risky road conditions are in the future for Southern and Eastern Ontario due to both the freezing rain and strong winds.

Areas in eastern Ontario will see snowfall amounts of between 10 and 15 centimetres, along with freezing rain and ice pellets.

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Driving conditions on untreated roads are expected to be risky, and all surfaces are expected to become icy and extremely hazardous.

"There is a potential for this to be a high impact storm, particularly Sunday night into Monday", weather watchers warned.

The storm could result in widespread power outages due to fallen tree limbs on power lines. Travel isn't expected to become an issue until Saturday night.

Most of Saturday will bring southern lower MI mostly rain, however freezing rain may creep southward, especially in the afternoon.

Environment Canada advises people to check for alerts and forecasts for the next few days.

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