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Chatham-Kent Under Freezing Rain Warning

15 April 2018, 12:24 | Bernice Figueroa

Rain and sleet hit the ground in Vernon on Sunday

Rain and sleet hit the ground in Vernon on Sunday

Environment Canada blames the wet weather in Southern Ontario on a slow moving system from the Gulf of Mexico that is colliding with Arctic winds.

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.

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

On Sunday, precipitation is expected to change to freezing rain, particularly over eastern Ontario where several hours of freezing rain are possible.

In the Toronto area, Environment Canada said an ice buildup of 10 to 20 millimetres are likely by late Sunday.

Sunday is when the forecast gets ominously terse: "Periods of snow or freezing rain". Freezing rain may also become mixed with or turn into ice pellets.

An ice storm warning was issued for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee & Wyoming counties from 2 p.m. Saturday until 2 p.m. Sunday.

The national weather agency says rain will change to freezing rain early Saturday as colder air moves into the region. Total ice accumulations of around one-half inch are expected, the Weather Service said.

By Sunday evening, as the temperature rises to about 2 C, flooding "may become a threat" in some areas, Environment Canada says. "Closer to the Lake Ontario shoreline, only rain is expected".

People can report hydro outages by calling Alectra Utilities at 1-844-797-7920 in Brampton and 905-273-7425 in Mississauga.

Risky winter driving conditions are likely as untreated roads will become snow covered and slippery.

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