Southern Ontario bracing for winter storm with snow, freezing rain and ice pellets


TORONTO — Southern Ontario is bracing for an ice storm that could down power lines, delay flights and lead to dangerous driving conditions.

Environment Canada has issued weather warnings for the region that stretches from Windsor, Ont., up to the Muskoka region and east to Ottawa.

The weather agency says southwestern Ontario in particular is facing a “potentially historic ice storm,” adding that freezing rain will likely lead to widespread power outages.

Hydro One says it has crews ready to respond to outages 24/7, and additional resources are on standby this weekend.

Environment Canada says it expects ice buildup of up to 25 millimetres, and wind gusts of up to 70 or 80 kilometres per hour that could bring down trees and power lines.

In the Greater Toronto Area, the weather agency predicts that there could be ice buildup of about 15 millimetres, noting that ice pellets are also likely.

The agency says eastern Ontario can expect significant snow with ice pellets, with amounts of up to 15 or 20 centimetres likely by Saturday night.

It says wintry weather is expected to continue into Sunday, and will likely lead to dangerous driving conditions.

Toronto’s Pearson Airport says travellers should check their flight status online before heading out, because the weather could lead to cancellations.


The Canadian Press


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