Eastern Ontario – Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for Sunday afternoon, overnight and into Monday for our entire region for a potential major winter storm!
They say a major ice and snow storm is possible, with freezing rain expected to develop Sunday afternoon. The freezing rain may taper off briefly Sunday night but will redevelop early Monday and continue through the day. The freezing rain will finally transition to flurries Monday evening.
Extended periods of freezing rain could lead to significant ice accumulation or ice build up, which is concerning because it can can snap tree branches and weight down power lines, which can cause power outages. It also makes surfaces extremely slippery, which raises the danger for drivers as well as people walking on sidewalks and parking lots.
Travel is expected to deteriorate Sunday afternoon. Travel conditions could be very poor on Monday. Travel is strongly discouraged in the regions that are expected to see significant icing and it is recommended that these areas prepare for possible power outages.
Freezing rain warnings will likely be issued as the event draws nearer.
“The freezing rain and snow will eventually reach the Ottawa Valley area through the afternoon and evening hours, and some areas through central and eastern Ontario will be looking at 24 hours of freezing rain,” says Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.