Heavy rain, thunderstorm risk pushes into southern Ontario Friday

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Friday, April 4, 2014, 11:45 AM -

Right on cue, a "classic spring storm" is expected to bring heavy rain and an isolated thunderstorm risk to parts of southern Ontario through Saturday.

A low pressure system that has brought extensive severe weather state-side will spread rain into southern Ontario on Friday.

"The rain may begin as patchy freezing rain near and north of a line from Kitcehner through northern Toronto this morning," warned Environment Canada in a special weather statement early Friday.

Any freezing rain however, is expected to be light and brief and quickly change to rain as temperatures rise above the freezing mark.

A general 15-25 mm of rain is expected through the day, but isolated thunderstorms could result in locally higher amounts.

"Throughout the day Friday from the Windsor to Kitchener-Waterloo region and through the Niagara region, there's an isolated risk for scattered thunderstorms embedded within the rain," warns Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese. "The risk of severe storms should remain state-side."

In addition to the rain, strong gusty southwest winds will accompany this system with gusts between 70-90 km/h over Lake Huron and Georgian Bay shorelines.

"Gusts between 50-70 km/h are also expected along Lakes Erie and Ontario shorelines increasing to 70-80 km/h on Saturday (including the Niagara region)," Vettese adds.

For areas further north, the story will be snow once again.

Freezing rain, winter storm and snowfall warnings have been issued with up to 20 cm of snow expected in the hardest hit areas.

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