A major ice storm is likely this weekend across a broad swath of southern Ontario, extreme southern Quebec and the Fundy Shore, says Chief Meteorologist Chris Scott.
Freezing Rain WarningIssued at 3:42 PM EST Saturday 21 December 2013
Major ice storm forecast this evening into Sunday morning. A significant frontal boundary from near Windsor to near Hamilton eastwards across Lake Ontario is expected to slowly move southwards this evening as a slightly colder northerly flow starts to establish itself. Areas from Peterborough to Kingston received freezing rain all day today. Areas near Toronto and Hamilton reported mainly rain however as the front slides southward this will change over to freezing rain late this afternoon or during the evening hours. A Texas low continues to track towards the Lower Great Lakes this evening and will generate substantial moisture over the area. As a result a major freezing rain storm is expected for portions of Southern and Eastern Ontario. Additional freezing rainfall amounts on the order of 20 to 30 mm are possible by Sunday morning. As a result, ice accumulation on trees and power lines could potentially create widespread power outages and downed trees or tree limbs. Driving conditions on untreated roads could become very hazardous. Motorists and pedestrians should exercise caution and adjust travel plans accordingly.Details
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