Accumulating Sleet & Freezing Rain Likely This Weekend

Snow, ice pellets, freezing rain on tap for Almaguin this weekend

Possible 'high impact' storm for weekend in SD&G

Environment Canada predicted that Southern Ontario would get some freezing rain yesterday morning but that the real action was set for this weekend.

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

The National Weather Service used an Ice Storm Waring for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Monroe, Wyoming and Livingston counties from 2 p.m. Saturday through 2 p.m. Sunday.

As well, a rainfall warning and freezing rain alert were issued for Chatham-Kent and Rondeau Park by Environment Canada.

A powerful low will move across the Great Lakes, whipping up strong winds and heavy rain for most of southern lower MI through the day Saturday.

Snow and ice pellets are expected to start tomorrow night (Friday) in SD&G and continue until Saturday night with "significant accumulations possible", the agency said. "Several centimetres of ice pellets are likely during the day". It should persist until it changes to rain Sunday afternoon.

Snow, ice pellets, freezing rain on tap for Almaguin this weekend

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

"However, the potential exists for some locales to see amounts in access of 20 millimetres of freezing rain on Sunday".

"There remains considerable uncertainty with regards to how long the freezing rain will last before changing over to rain on Sunday", it reads.

So, if there's a storm this weekend, it also has the potential to be unsafe and cause widespread effects and tough travel.

Gusty winds will also develop and combined with some accumulating ice can cause some downed trees and power lines.

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