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Freezing rain, strong winds expected Saturday in Peterborough region: Environment Canada

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Rain, freezing rain and wind hit Southern Ontario
Heavy rain is expected to start overnight Friday and continue across the viewing region on Saturday. As temperatures fall a switch to freezing rain is likely Saturday evening, continuing into Sunday morning. Winds are also expected to pick up Saturday night, with the strongest gusts pegged at 90 km/h along the shores of Lake Ontario. Flooding, freezing rain and power outages are all major concerns – Jan 10, 2020

Central Ontario is set to endure freezing rain and strong wind gusts this weekend, Environment Canada says.

In a special weather statement issued at 10:52 a.m. Friday, Environment Canada says light rain or drizzle on Friday will become heavy early Saturday morning.

Rainfall amounts may reach up to 50 millimetres, although “there remains considerable uncertainty at this time,” the statement reads.

The statement says temperatures are expected to drop below the freezing mark on Sunday, changing the rain into freezing rain, which could last for several hours until temperatures climb above freezing late Sunday.

“This scenario is expected to result in significant ice accretion over these regions,” the statement reads.

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Strong southwest winds gusting to 70 km/h are also expected Sunday morning.

 

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The statement is in effect for Peterborough, Peterborough County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

In Northumberland County along Lake Ontario, rainfall amounts of 25 to 50 millimetres are possible. Southwest wind gusts may reach up to 90 km/h.

Environment Canada is advising residents to expect travel to be impacted throughout southern Ontario over the weekend.

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Significant rain could turn to heavy freezing rain over the weekend in eastern Ontario

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