February 24, 2016 6:39 am
Updated: February 24, 2016 3:12 pm

Freezing rain warning in effect for parts of GTA as winter storm hits


Southern Ontario is bracing for a mixed bag of heavy snow, ice pellets, freezing rain and rain as a late-winter storm is set to blanket the region Wednesday and into Thursday.

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA), excluding the City of Toronto, is currently under a freezing rain warning as a low pressure system from Kentucky moves into Lakes Erie and Ontario later today.

The GTA is expected to receive approximately two to five centimetres of snow and mixed precipitation during the morning hours.

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Meanwhile, areas north of Highway 407 will get between five to 15 centimetres of snow with areas south of the highway to be hit by mostly rain in the afternoon.

The rain will then turn into heavy rain by the evening hours in the GTA with an additional two to four centimetres of snow to fall on Thursday as the temperature drops.

Areas hardest hit will be north of Toronto such as Barrie, Midland and Orillia where a winter storm warning is in effect.

Environment Canada says the northern parts will receive about 15 to 20 centimetres of snow mixed with ice pellets.

Brisk east to northeast winds may also result in occasional blowing and drifting snow in exposed areas, contributing to hazardous travelling conditions.

The weather office recommends people to postpone non-essential travel in the regions expected to be hardest hit until conditions improve.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow and freezing rain.

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