Winter’s Not Done Yet!

Environment Canada is warning of the potential for a major ice storm this weekend in parts of Eastern Ontario. A special weather statement issued Wednesday morning takes in the Brockville and Prescott areas along with other areas south of Ottawa.  Forecasters say the storm system may start out as rain but then transition to freezing rain.  As yet, there are no advisories for areas closer to the Ottawa-Gatineau region, but the forecast calls for snow and freezing rain in the Ottawa-area Saturday and Sunday, with fairly significant accumulation for this time of year. Here’s the latest from Environment Canada:

6:55 AM EDT Wednesday 11 April 2018
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Brockville – Prescott
  • Gananoque – Mallorytown
  • Merrickville-Wolford – Kemptville
  • Westport – Charleston Lake

A potential ice storm for parts of Southern and Eastern Ontario Saturday and Sunday. A significant freezing rain event is looking increasingly likely as a slow-moving low pressure system approaches the area. Precipitation may start out as rain, but increasing northeasterly winds will draw colder air from an arctic high pressure system to the north, resulting in a changeover to freezing rain. A few rounds of precipitation are likely during this period with a significant threat of prolonged freezing rain in some areas.At this point, there is still considerable uncertainty with regards to which areas may be most affected. However, this has the potential to be a major ice storm for some regions with ice accumulations in excess of 20 millimetres possible. Ice accumulations of this magnitude combined with gusty winds to 60 km/h may result in widespread power outages due to fallen tree limbs and power lines. Travel is also expected to be hazardous.  (Environment Canada website)

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