15 April, 2018
A freezing rain warning was issued for the region, surrounding areas, and the GTA on Friday, ahead of the storm system that could leave most of the southern province covered in a thick glaze of ice by Sunday, forcing school cancellations. Significant ice build up is possible on Sunday.
Power outages began Saturday around noon as rain turned to ice along power lines.
A moisture-laden low pressure area is heading this way, which is expected to force temperatures to fall near the zero-degree mark Saturday.
We'll see freezing rain possibly changing to ice pellets this morning, then snow or ice pellets (5 to 10 cm) in the afternoon. Some uncertainty exists as to the time the precipitation switches over to rain on Sunday.
Ice from freezing rain starts to form on a railing in Toronto on Saturday April 14, 2018. In areas north of Highway 7, Saturday night could bring some snow instead of freezing rain, or a mix of the two.
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The weather agency says southwestern Ontario in particular is facing a "potentially historic ice storm", adding that freezing rain will likely lead to widespread power outages.
Rain is expected to continue on Monday but will taper off later in the day.
By Sunday evening, as the temperature rises to about 2 C, flooding "may become a threat" in some areas, Environment Canada says.
Due to the icy weather conditions, both the Peel District School Board and Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board have cancelled permits and weekend programs, including worldwide language programs, and continuing/adult education classes for both Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15.