Watch for freezing rain, power outages, treacherous driving conditions

Randolph Lopez
April 15, 2018

Environment Canada is warning an ice storm is likely to hit Hamilton, Burlington and Niagara this weekend, bringing with it freezing rain and ice pellets.

Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for Chatham-Kent and Rondeau Park for Saturday evening into Sunday. Significant ice accumulation is expected.

Coupled with wind gusts up to 80 kilometres per hour, it's enough to knock out power and down trees, Environment Canada said. The temperature will fall to minus 3C in the afternoon.

However, CityNews Meteorologist Adam Stiles says this time the ice will accumulate in pellets.

Another round of appreciable rain and potential thunderstorms is likely again later on Sunday. The freezing rain will continue into Sunday morning before transitioning back to rain Sunday afternoon.

After a Saturday night "lull", another area of snow and ice pellets is expected to move into the region Sunday morning.

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A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 5 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday in the Southern Tier where total ice accumulations of a tenth of an inch to a quarter inch are expected.

The weather agency says southwestern Ontario in particular is facing a "potentially historic ice storm", adding that freezing rain will likely lead to widespread power outages.

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

The rain isn't expected to end until Monday.

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

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