Region told to brace for "potentially historic" ice storm

Region told to brace for

Region told to brace for "potentially historic" ice storm

Accumulations of ice could be larger in the higher elevations, which would be crippling, and lead to many tree limbs and power lines coming down, especially into Wyoming County and the Bristol.

An ice storm is forecast for today starting at 2 p.m. with significant icing and gusty winds expected.

Though the system is expected to taper off by Monday, the agency is still calling for a 70 per cent chance of showers in Toronto on Monday with a high of 5 C.

The nasty ice and freezing rain will end by Noon Sunday with temperatures rising quickly.

According to the statement, updated at 11:08 a.m. Thursday, April 12, a messy mix of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain is expected this weekend.

Ice from freezing rain starts to form on a railing in Toronto on Saturday April 14, 2018. The sloppy weather is expected to continue into Sunday until temperatures rise to above freezing sometime in the afternoon.

Saturday morning, a freezing rain warning was in effect for the City of Toronto.

The agency is warning the public to stay off the roads, as driving conditions are likely to become treacherous with the blast of wintery weather.

Scattered rain showers mixed at times with freezing rain in the morning.

Environment Canada said the system could affect areas stretching from Windsor, Ont., up to the Muskoka region and east to Ottawa.

And there is a lakeshore flood warning from noon on Saturday to 2pm on Sunday for Monroe and Orleans counties with the strong northeasterly winds possibly resulting in lakeshore flooding.

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