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

'Major ice storm' may hit parts of Eastern Ontario this weekend

Precipitation may fall early in the morning in the form of supercooled rain, which then quickly will become usual, as the temperature rises above freezing, reads the warning sent out by the national weather service. More freezing rain is expected in the evening with 0 the low.

Weather watchers say that it's looking increasingly likely that a "major ice storm" will strike southerly parts of the province this weekend.

A complex weather system will affect much of southern and eastern Ontario this weekend and possibly into Monday.

This time of year typically brings Waterloo Region daily highs around 11 C and lows around 1 C. Northeasterly winds could draw colder air from an arctic high-pressure system from the north, resulting in a changeover from rain to freezing rain or ice pellets.

The freezing rain is expected to change to rain later on Sunday.

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"A few rounds of precipitation are likely during this period with a significant threat of prolonged freezing rain in some areas, especially on Sunday", the agency said. Closer to the Lake Ontario shore, only rain is expected.

At this point, there is still considerable uncertainty with regards to which areas may be most affected.

"However, there is a potential for this to be a high-impact storm", the special weather statement said.

Meteorologists say the change to freezing rain could be delayed until later in the day Saturday.

The national weather agency added that driving conditions could also be "hazardous" in some areas.

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