Drivers brace for April ice storm throughout most of southern Ontario

Parts of Southern Ontario could be hit with an ice storm this weekend according to Environment Canada

Parts of Southern Ontario could be hit with an ice storm this weekend according to Environment Canada

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Toronto, Hamilton, and the regions of Halton, Peel, York, and Durham, warning of freezing rain early Thursday. Snow and ice pellets will likely affect portions of central and eastern Ontario Friday night into Saturday night with significant accumulations possible.

The weather agency says that ice accumulations of this magnitude combined with gusty northeast winds of 70 to 80 km/h may result in considerable power outages due to fallen tree limbs and power lines.

Be prepared for power outages due to strong winds and ice. The sloppy weather is expected to continue into Sunday until temperatures rise to above freezing sometime in the afternoon.

Rain started Saturday morning then changed into freezing rain, with ice pellets and high wind making driving hard.

The ice storm warning means total ice accumulations of a half inch of ice are expected, making traffic hard and causing downed tree limbs and power lines.

A "potentially historic" ice storm is descending on Southwestern Ontario, Canada's national weather watchdog says. The freezing rain may persist well into Sunday before changing over to rain.

Toronto is expected to only receive 15 millimetres of freezing rain, while Kimbell said areas like Hamilton could receive between 20 and 30 millimetres by Sunday.

Another round of appreciable rain and potential thunderstorms is likely again later on Sunday.

Snow or ice pellets will end in the evening then it will be cloudy with blowing snow.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and extremely hazardous.

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