Rainy day ahead before potential ice storm this weekend

Snow, ice pellets, freezing rain on tap for Almaguin this weekend

A freezing rain warning was issued Friday for areas including Waterloo-Wellington, Huron-Perth and southern portions of Grey-Bruce. Significant ice build up is possible on Sunday. Power outages and tree damage are "likely" due to the winds and ice, and travel will be hard at times due to ice-covered surfaces and downed tree limbs and power lines.

"That's what's going to make it different from the ice storm that we had in 2013", he says.

Temperatures are expected to slowly rise through the first half next week, eventually hitting our typical mid-April daily highs of 11 C by Wednesday.

Rain will change to freezing rain, which is expected to persist into the evening, and may become mixed with ice pellets before tapering off to patchy freezing drizzle. At this point, Environment Canada predicts some areas could get more than 20 millimetres of freezing rain on Sunday. Areas just north of I-96 are most likely to see ice accumulation.




- McMaster University and Mohawk College are both closed Saturday because of the freezing rain warning for the region. Some uncertainty exists as to the time the precipitation switches over to rain on Sunday.

The national weather agency says rain will change to freezing rain early Saturday as colder air moves into the region. That could cause power outages and tree damage there as well.

Unsafe winter driving conditions are likely as untreated roads will become snow covered and slippery.

Hydro One says it has crews ready to respond to outages 24/7, and additional resources are on standby this weekend.

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