EC upgrades statement to freezing rain warning

Environment Canada has graded an earlier statement to a freezing rain warning, the weather event anticipated to begin Saturday evening Apr. 14/2018.

“Patchy rain will become more widespread then change to freezing rain near midday as temperatures dip below zero,” the warning said. “It should persist into this evening.”

“A lull in precipitation is likely this evening with patchy freezing drizzle expected. However freezing rain will likely become widespread again and persist into Sunday morning before changing to some spotty showers in the afternoon. Significant rain may fall Sunday night creating localized flooding.”

The warning says that an ice buildup to 20mm is likely by Sunday morning.

“Strong winds gusting to 75 to 85 km/h are also expected tonight and Sunday,” the warning says. “The combination of excessive ice accumulations and strong winds may result in widespread power outages due to fallen trees and power lines.”

The warning reminds drivers that dangerous driving conditions can be expected Saturday evening and Sunday on untreated roads and there is added possibility of fallen tree limbs and other debris from the high winds.



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