Environment Canada: Rainy day ahead before potential ice storm this weekend

Hamilton under freezing rain, ice storm watch

Hamilton under freezing rain, ice storm watch

Sunday may see heavy freezing rain at times, which could later turn to rain.

Ice storm likely this weekend.

The same front that will divide Spring warmth to our south from lingering Winter chill near the Lake Ontario shoreline today will also be the focus on Saturday for a late season, somewhat unusual April freezing rain event.

Over higher terrain areas, the freezing rain may last a bit longer.

"Fast-moving cyclone will cross the southern part of Ontario on Thursday, bringing rain to the area".

But look out for Saturday and Sunday when a slow moving low pressure system approaches and increasing northeasterly winds draw in colder air from the Arctic to change everything to freezing rain.

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A special weather statement is in place for the nation's capital, with a mix of rain, freezing rain, ice pellets and snow forecast over the next week or so.

At this point, there is still considerable uncertainty with regards to which areas may be most affected.

Areas in eastern Ontario will see snowfall amounts of between 10 and 15 centimetres, along with freezing rain and ice pellets.

"This has the potential to be a major ice storm for some regions with ice accumulations in excess of 20 millimetres possible".

Gusty winds will also develop and combined with some accumulating ice can cause some downed trees and power lines. Travel isn't expected to become an issue until Saturday night.

"Snow up to the north - freezing rain - there's still a big risk in London and even Niagara", Farnell said.

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