Ontarians are being warned to prepare for dangerous travel conditions this weekend as two storms threaten to bring heavy snow, rain, freezing rain and ice pellets.
Freezing Rain WarningIssued at 6:50 AM EST Friday 20 December 2013
Periods of freezing rain today into tonight.Details
A disturbance from Texas has brought freezing rain into Southern Ontario as expected. The freezing rain will work its way into Eastern Ontario by this evening. Precipitation may fall as rain near the Lake Ontario shoreline today where easterly winds off the lake will help to keep the temperature barely above the freezing mark. Elsewhere periods of freezing rain will persist into tonight. Ice accretion of up to 5 mm can be expected in some places. The freezing rain will be mixed with ice pellets and perhaps even some wet snow at times, especially over northern sections. Freezing rain may turn to rain at times over Southwestern Ontario as temperatures there may edge just above the zero degree mark in some localities such as London and Sarnia. The precipitation will taper to patchy freezing drizzle this evening over western sections and by Saturday morning over eastern regions. Hazardous winter travel conditions can be expected over the regions today. Untreated surfaces may be icy and slippery. Motorists and pedestrians should exercise caution and adjust travel plans accordingly. A second and stronger system could bring a major ice storm to the regions late Saturday into Sunday morning. Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.