'High-impact storm' may hit this weekend, Environment Canada warns


'High-impact storm' may hit this weekend, Environment Canada warns

Torontonians should be prepared to ensure that tomorrow morning could be slippery.

Freezing rain, freezing rain, go away!

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

"Snow changing to freezing rain is possible for the Greater Montreal, the Outaouais and the Eastern Townships".

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Toronto, Hamilton, and the regions of Halton, Peel, York, and Durham, warning of freezing rain early Thursday.

Saturday, April 14, will bring rain or freezing rain as expected with a high of 1 C, Environment Canada says.

According to the statement, a complex weather system will affect much of southern and eastern Ontario this weekend and possibly into Monday. 401 corridor and Lake Ontario might remain just above the freezing mark, which could limit the amount of ice they receive.

Precipitation may start as rain, but increasing northeasterly winds will draw colder air from an Arctic high pressure system to the north, resulting in a changeover to freezing rain or ice pellets.

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.

A much more significant freezing rain threat appears likely for many areas starting Saturday into Sunday morning as a slow-moving low pressure system approaches the area. Travel is also expected to be hazardous.

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