Special weather statement: potential ice storm this weekend

Crews clear branches snagged on power lines on a closed road in Brampton in December of 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS  J.P. Moczulski

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for southern Ontario, including the following regions: Toronto, Barrie, Hamilton, Dufferin, Oxford, York, Waterloo and more.

With a chance of freezing rain on Thursday morning, Torontonians and Ontario residents are urged to be cautious on the roads.

Environment Canada said that a slow-moving low-pressure system is approaching with precipitation that might start out as rain but will switch to freezing rain as northwesterly winds draw in colder air from an arctic high-pressure system.

So, if there's a storm this weekend, it also has the potential to be unsafe and cause widespread effects and tough travel.

Friday is mainly cloudy with periods of rain beginning in late morning and potentially turning into freezing rain by evening as the mercury drops from 6 C to -4 C. "Closer to the shores of lake Ontario is expected only rain". But the real trouble is poised to hit Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 14 as high winds are expected bringing with them the possibility of power outages.

However, the outlook for what areas will be most affected on the weekend is still "considerably uncertain" according to the weather statement. Areas closer to Lake Ontario may remain slightly milder on Saturday with a changeover to freezing rain possibly delayed until later in the day.

Ice accumulations in excess of 20 mm will be possible in some places.

Environment Canada advises people to check for alerts and forecasts for the next few days.

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