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Freezing rain, strong wind expected in Guelph area, Waterloo Region: Environment Canada

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The Guelph area and Waterloo Region could be in for a miserable day on Wednesday with Environment Canada calling for freezing rain and strong wind gusts.

A freezing rain warning and a special weather statement have both been issued for a large chunk of southwestern Ontario with the nasty weather expected to begin in the morning and last into the evening.

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“Freezing rain is expected to develop early Wednesday morning,” Environment Canada said. “Freezing rain will begin to change over to rain late in the afternoon.”

The weather office said the freezing rain could bring up to eight millimetres of ice accretion and strong winds gusting up to 70 km/h.

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Rainfall amounts could get up to 25 millimetres, which may lead to localized flooding, Environment Canada said.

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If the weather plays out as predicted, the agency said residents could be faced with power outages and icy roads.

“The partially frozen ground may have a reduced ability to absorb this rainfall and localized flooding may be possible,” Environment Canada said.

Forecasters are calling the temperature in the area to be close to the freezing mark throughout the day Wednesday before rising to 4 C in the evening.

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