Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Major ice storm could hit Kingston-Brockville area this weekend

Major ice storm could hit Kingston-Brockville area this weekend

Torontonians could be in for a slippery commute tomorrow morning. "Closer to the lake Ontario shoreline, only rain is expected".

The weather agency says a fast-moving low pressure system will cross Southern Ontario Thursday, bringing an area of rain with it.

Temperatures in Waterloo Region are expected to hit their highest level in months on Thursday - and Environment Canada is warning of a potential ice storm two days later.

There's also the potential for an ice storm for parts of southern Ontario over the weekend.

The freezing rain should be brief but may persist for a couple of hours in the north and higher terrain areas.

Environment Canada said that a slow-moving low-pressure system is approaching with precipitation that might start out as rain but will switch to freezing rain as northwesterly winds draw in colder air from an arctic high-pressure system.

"Areas closer to Lake Ontario and near the Highway 401 corridor may remain just above the freezing mark much of the time, limiting the amount of icing somewhat".

The ice storm could have major implications for some of the northern regions as there is the possibility of ice accumulations higher than 20 millimetres.

Winds may gust up to 60 kilometres an hour, which could cause power outages, and the storm could also make travel risky. In some areas, Environment Canada said, there could be more than 22 mm of ice accumulation - enough to down trees and cause widespread power outages.

For Toronto, precipitation is in the forecast for the next week.

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