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Environment Canada: "Potentially historic" ice storm to hit region

15 April 2018

It will be a rainy day on Friday, ahead of a storm system that could leave the GTA covered in ice this weekend.

The warning, which will go into effect at 2 p.m. on Saturday, warns that "significant icing and gusty winds" are expected, and that the ice accumulations will be around one half-inch.

Tomorrow, weather forecasters say freezing rain will hit the region before changing to rain Sunday evening.

As this weather system is still a few days away, there remains uncertainty with regards to precipitation amounts and which areas will be most affected.

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Ice storm likely this weekend.

"Some people may think that it's just wet roads, not realizing that it's freezing rain coming down", Schmidt added. Freezing rain may become mixed with or turn over to ice pellets at times.

Environment Canada said freezing rain, ice pellets and snow are affecting areas stretching from Windsor, Ont., up to the Muskoka region and east to Ottawa.

The best chance of seeing ice storm conditions will be between northern Kent County and Cadillac Saturday night and Sunday morning.

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The National Weather Service has put in place an Ice Storm Warning through 2 p.m. on Sunday for the counties of Monroe, Orleans, Livingston, Genesee, Wyoming, and Erie.

The rain isn't expected to end until Monday.

The inclement weather is forecast to persist into this evening, with several centimetres of ice pellets expected. Strong winds gusting to 60 km/h are also expected tonight and Sunday.

Risky winter driving conditions are expected on untreated roads Saturday and Sunday, worsened by fallen tree limbs.

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