Rainfall, freezing rain warnings in effect for much of the area

Much of the area is in for a nasty start to the weekend in terms of weather.

Environment Canada has issued weather warnings for Durham-York and Peterborough-Kawartha Lakes Friday (Jan. 24) night.

A rainfall warning is currently in place for Durham-York.

“Rainfall, combined with melting snow, is expected. The frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb this rainfall. Rain, heavy at times, will begin this evening. Total rainfall amounts of 20 to 35 mm are expected before changing to snow Saturday morning or afternoon,” reads a media release.

“Be sure to clear storm drains from snow and ice to allow for proper drainage. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.”

In Peterborough-Kawartha Lakes, freezing rain is expected overnight and early Saturday morning.

“Rain or freezing rain will begin overnight and continue into Saturday morning. Ice accretion amounts up to 5 mm are possible with highest amounts expected over higher terrain,” the warning reads.

“Precipitation will change to snow later Saturday morning with up to 15 cm of snowfall expected by Saturday night. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.”



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