Freezing rain, ice pellets lash Toronto, GTA

A risk of freezing rain on Thursday afternoon could make for hazardous road conditions

The National Weather Service used an Ice Storm Waring for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Monroe, Wyoming and Livingston counties from 2 p.m. Saturday through 2 p.m. Sunday. "A few rounds of precipitation are likely during this period with a significant threat of prolonged freezing rain in some areas", the weather statement continued.

Freezing rain, freezing rain, go away!

In the Greater Toronto Area, the weather agency predicts that there could be ice buildup of about 15 millimetres, noting that ice pellets are also likely. Scattered showers will eventually transition to snow Sunday afternoon. Sleet or freezing rain is likely Saturday into Sunday morning in a large portion of central lower MI, extending southward to include the Lansing area.

The freezing rain could cause ice accumulations of up to 20 mm in some places.

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First, on Friday the 13th, severe thunderstorms, complete with golf ball sized hail and very gusty winds, barreled through southern Wisconsin. It will bring a combination of heavy rain, wind, sleet and freezing rain to West Michigan. About one-half-inch of ice is expected to accumulate.

The best chance of seeing ice storm conditions will be between northern Kent County and Cadillac Saturday night and Sunday morning. Enough rain may fall later Sunday into Sunday night for some flooding to be an issue to deal with then.

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

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