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Morning commute hampered by freezing rain and slushy roads in London region

Roads are slushy and slippery, after a helping of snow last night paired with hours of freezing rain.
Roads are slushy and slippery, after a helping of snow last night paired with hours of freezing rain. Liny Lamberink/980 CFPL

A combination of snow and freezing rain overnight means dicey conditions on roads in the London area.

A special weather statement from Environment Canada is in effect for London, Parkhill, Strathroy, Komoka, and Middlesex County, advising that freezing rain will turn into straight rain mid-morning Wednesday.

“Expect a messy commute to work this morning,” said Rob Kuhn, one of the weather agency’s meteorologists. A snowfall that delivered up to 2 cm in some parts of the region, was followed by several hours of freezing rain overnight.

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“The good news is icy conditions should be pretty well gone by mid-afternoon, thanks to the temperatures being well above freezing and then the rain falling in the area.”

In the wake of a warm front from a Colorado low tracking northeast across Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, temperatures will hit a high of 6 C around 3 p.m. or 4 p.m., explained Kuhn. Strong southwesterly winds will gust near 70 kilometers an hour, and the rain will continue throughout the day, before coming to an end late afternoon or early evening.

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“This January thaw will be brief. Colder air returns tonight, the temperature is going to slowly slide back to below freezing overnight with a low of -4 C by tomorrow morning, and 30 or 40-per cent chance of a few flurries,” said Kuhn.

Then there’ll be a return back to below-normal temperatures we experienced over the weekend and early this week, said Kuhn. Thursday’s high is -4 C, creeping into double-digit highs of -10 C on Friday and -11 C Saturday.