Ugh! Freezing rain to amble towards Great Lakes Saturday

15 April, 2018, 00:30 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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As Environment Canada warns residents in southern Ontario of a "potentially historic ice storm" this weekend, a number of closures are in place and officials are taking precautions.

Toronto and parts of southern Ontario should brace for a mixed bag of unusual April weather as an icy weather system makes its way into the region. Snow and ice pellets will likely affect portions of central and eastern Ontario Friday night into Saturday night with significant accumulations possible.

Another round of appreciable rain and potential thunderstorms is likely again later on Sunday. The freezing rain, which could continue for a few hours, will then morph into ice pellets.

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

He says the storm's "impressive rainfall totals" could produce a total of 3 inches of rain and ice melt through late Monday.


We got a taste of warmer weather but Mother Nature has chose to follow that up with a weekend of rain and freezing rain and a potential ice storm. Some areas may receive more than 20 mm of freezing rain, which would result in higher amounts of ice accretion especially if temperatures hover a couple degrees below zero.

A prediction by Environment Canada that this could be a historic ice storm is coming true, with power outages being reported, unsafe driving conditions, fallen trees and cancelled flights. It will bring a combination of heavy rain, wind, sleet and freezing rain to West Michigan.

Travel is also expected to be hazardous.

Unsafe winter driving conditions are expected on untreated roads Saturday and Sunday.

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