Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Major Ice Storm Could Hit Mississauga This Weekend

Major Ice Storm Could Hit Mississauga This Weekend

Freezing rain was expected to move into Waterloo-Wellington - as well as Oxford-Brant, Huron-Perth, Grey-Bruce and most of the rest of southern Ontario - on Thursday morning.

Get ready for a mix of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain this weekend in what Canada's weather agency says could be a "high impact" storm.

The freezing rain should be brief but may persist for a couple of hours in the north and higher terrain areas.

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In some areas of southern Ontario "much longer" freezing rain can be on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15. "Closer to the lake Ontario shoreline, only rain is expected".

1310 NEWS meteorologist Farah Dhalla-Singh is forecasting periods of rain and snow Thursday afternoon, with the rain continuing until around midnight.

As this storm system is still a few days away, there is uncertainty regarding its severity.

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Ice accumulations of 20 mm or more are possible in some places. However, areas closer to Lake Ontario may remain slightly milder on Saturday with a changeover to freezing rain not expected until later in the day. "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", Environment Canada says.

Gregoire also noted that some areas may get as much as 50 mm of rain.

The national weather agency added that driving conditions could also be "hazardous" in some areas.

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Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

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