'Potentially historic' ice storm expected to hit southern Ontario; closures in effect

'Potentially historic' ice storm expected to hit southern Ontario; closures in effect

'Potentially historic' ice storm expected to hit southern Ontario; closures in effect

An ice storm sweeping through southern Ontario could down power lines, delay flights and lead to unsafe driving conditions.

A moisture-laden low pressure area is heading this way, which is expected to force temperatures to fall near the zero-degree mark Saturday.

Environment Canada says a period of freezing rain is expected late Saturday afternoon into the evening. As the low approaches, brisk northeasterly winds will pump in cold Arctic air, forcing temperatures below freezing this morning. Snow and ice pellets will likely affect portions of central and eastern Ontario Friday night into Saturday night with significant accumulations possible.

Ice build up to 25 mm appears likely across the region by Sunday afternoon.

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The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning from 2pm Saturday to 2pm Sunday for counties including Monroe, Livingston, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming. "Several centimetres of ice pellets are likely during the day". "Closer to the shores of lake Ontario is expected only rain". The images below should help you get a feel for when your area changes from rain to freezing rain and sleet.

Residents are warned that surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways, and parking lots may become icy and slippery.

Gusty winds will also develop and combined with some accumulating ice can cause some downed trees and power lines.

Travel will be hard at times.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.Travel will be hard due to ice covered surfaces and downed tree limbs and powerlines.

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