Freezing Rain Hits Greater Toronto Area

Freezing Rain Hits Greater Toronto Area

Freezing Rain Hits Greater Toronto Area

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Southern Ontario is bracing for an ice storm that could down power lines, delay flights and lead to risky driving conditions.

By late Monday afternoon, provincial power utility Hydro One said crews had restored power to more than 300,000 customers across much of the province. This entails holding planning meetings, readying crews and equipment, mobilizing employees for storm duty and preparing to make arrangements for additional resources if needed.

Environment Canada says it expects ice buildup of up to 25 millimetres, and wind gusts of up to 70 or 80 kilometres per hour that could bring down trees and power lines.

The mix of snow, freezing rain, ice pellets, rain and powerful winds that battered the region Saturday and Sunday had made driving treacherous, with provincial police reporting more than 1,600 non-fatal crashes on the highways surrounding Toronto over the two days.

Freezing Rain Hits Greater Toronto Area
Freezing Rain Hits Greater Toronto Area

The forecast calls for rain on Saturday morning turning to freezing rain later in the day with the temperature falling to about 31 degrees by 3pm.

Hydro-Quebec reported early Monday that more than 33,000 of its clients were without electricity, the majority in the hard-hit Outaouais region in western Quebec and the Monteregie region southeast of Montreal.

Freezing rain will resume again on Sunday, and then change to heavy rain with the potential for localized flooding. Freezing rain may become mixed with or turn over to ice pellets at times, with some areas receiving a few centimetres of the ice pellet mess.

Toronto's Pearson Airport says travellers should check their flight status online before heading out, because the weather could lead to cancellations.

Very heavy rain will continue across the entire region Saturday. Residents were being urged to try to help mitigate the problem by clearing catch basins of snow and ice.

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