Special weather statement issued heading into the weekend

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for much of the area heading into the weekend.

The statement for Durham and York regions calls for freezing rain, rain and strong winds Saturday (Jan. 11) into Sunday.

“Light rain or drizzle is expected to develop early Friday morning and continue through the day before becoming heavier Friday night. Rain, at times heavy, will continue Saturday before mixing with or changing to freezing rain Saturday afternoon or evening,” it reads.

Up to 50 mm is expected in the south ends of both Durham and York and up to 25 mm in the northern municipalities – though those areas will likely see more freezing rain.

“An extended period of freezing rain will continue Saturday night before coming to an end Sunday morning. This freezing rain will likely lead to significant ice accretion or build up,” reads the warning.

“Strong southwest winds are also expected Sunday morning.”

The statement notes that there remains considerable uncertainty in exact rainfall amounts along with the location of the most freezing rain.

“Warnings will be issued as the event draws nearer,” it reads.

“Travel will be impacted throughout Southern Ontario Saturday into Sunday.”



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