Hamilton, Niagara Region brace for 'potentially historic ice storm'

Hamilton, Niagara Region brace for 'potentially historic ice storm'

A winter weather advisory has been issued for upstate ny, according to the National Weather service, which means "periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties".

The severe threat moved out Friday morning, but a few thunderstorms and showers are likely Friday afternoon and evening.

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.

Residents are warned that surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways, and parking lots may become icy and slippery. 7 late April 14, with several centimetres of snow and ice pellets expected, Environment Canada said.




"However, the potential exists for some locales to see amounts in access of 20 millimetres of freezing rain on Sunday". Some uncertainty exists as to the time the precipitation switches over to rain on Sunday. The freezing rain will continue into Sunday morning before transitioning back to rain Sunday afternoon. Significant ice build-up due to freezing rain is expected or occurring. About one-half-inch of ice is expected to accumulate.

Winds of up to 60 kilometres/ hour could cause widespread power outages due to fallen tree limbs and power lines.

Sunday is when the forecast gets ominously terse: "Periods of snow or freezing rain".

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

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