Heavy rain in forecast for Barrie area Thursday

The ice-covered mirror of a motorcycle is seen following freezing rain Monday, April 16, 2018. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for parts of southern Ontario Thursday in Barrie, Collingwood and Hillsdale.

The freezing rain warning for the area has since ended, but strong winds and heavy rain are still expected.

The national weather agency said freezing rain followed by heavy rainfall and strong winds is possible starting Thursday morning.

Freezing rain with light ice accretion is possible with rainfall amounts of 15 to 25 mm possible, the weather agency said.

Environment Canada is also expecting southwesterly winds gusting 60 to 80 km/h.

The freezing rain risk appears most likely for areas over higher terrain, the weather agency said.

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The rain is expected to taper to showers by Thursday evening.

Gusty southwesterly winds are expected Thursday afternoon into early Thursday evening, according to the weather agency.

Environment Canada warns that travel conditions may become hazardous due to icy and slippery roads and walkways.

High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break, and isolated utility outages are possible.

The weather agency also warns that localized flooding may occur in areas of poor drainage.

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