Possible ice storm coming this weekend

'Major ice storm' may hit parts of Eastern Ontario this weekend

A special weather statement has been issued for Orillia-Barrie-Simcoe County and the GTA, as well as portions of eastern Ontario, and west to Lake Huron.

With a chance of freezing rain on Thursday morning, Torontonians and Ontario residents are urged to be cautious on the roads.

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

On Thursday, April 12 the high is expected reach 13 C with rain or freezing rain predicted and a low of 0 at night.

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

The freezing rain should be brief but may persist for a couple of hours in the north and higher terrain areas.

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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.

"There is still considerable uncertainty with regards to which areas may be most affected", the agency said Wednesday.

Freezing rain is expected to change to rain possibly heavy at times on Sunday as temperatures rise above the freezing mark. However, areas closer to Lake Ontario may remain slightly milder on Saturday with a changeover to freezing rain not expected until later in the day.

"This may result in massive ice storm for some areas where the process can be formed more than 20 millimeters of ice".

Environment Canada advises people to check for alerts and forecasts for the next few days.

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