Are You Prepared for Another Ice Storm?

Snow, ice pellets, freezing rain on tap for Almaguin this weekend

The ice storm warning means total ice accumulations of a half inch of ice are expected, making traffic hard and causing downed tree limbs and power lines.

The weather agency says a fast-moving low pressure system will cross Southern Ontario Thursday, bringing an area of rain with it. Widespread flooding, power outages and risky road conditions are in the future for Southern and Eastern Ontario due to both the freezing rain and strong winds. It's expected to turn into freezing rain late Sunday and potentially into Monday.

Sunday is when the forecast gets ominously terse: "Periods of snow or freezing rain".

The National Weather Service has put in place an Ice Storm Warning through 2 p.m. on Sunday for the counties of Monroe, Orleans, Livingston, Genesee, Wyoming, and Erie. Significant ice build-up due to freezing rain is expected or occurring.

Also, especially close to Wisconsin Dells and areas north and west, some ice accumulation is possible over the next few days. Snow changing to freezing rain is likely for the Greater Montreal, the Outaouais and the Eastern Townships.

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The agency is warning the public to stay off the roads, as driving conditions are likely to become treacherous with the blast of wintery weather.

Environment Canada is warning that Guelph and the surrounding area could be in for an "historic ice storm" this weekend.

Environment Canada said there will be strong winds with gusts up to 85 km/h in some areas.

Unsafe winter driving conditions are expected on untreated roads Saturday and Sunday, enhanced by fallen tree limbs.

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