Friday, 19 October, 2018

Ice Storm Warning will be in effect through Sunday

Thousands remain without power in wake of weekend ice storm    
     Lana MichelinApr. 17 2018 7:40 Thousands remain without power in wake of weekend ice storm Lana MichelinApr. 17 2018 7:40
Domingo Copeland | 15 April, 2018, 00:55

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.

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.

While the rain is expected to taper off Monday, Environment Canada isn't forecasting any warm weather for the rest of the week.

The nasty ice and freezing rain will end by Noon Sunday with temperatures rising quickly.

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 inclement weather is forecast to persist into this evening, with several centimetres of ice pellets expected. Environment Canada has issued a weather warning that up to 20mm or ice build up is possible.

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Freezing rain will resume again on Sunday, and then change to heavy rain with the potential for localized flooding.

"There remains considerable uncertainty with regards to how long the freezing rain will last before changing over to rain on Sunday", it reads.

Unfortunately, this might be due to a slow-moving, low-pressure system approaching the area, says Environment Canada.

Hydro One says it has crews ready to respond to outages 24/7, and additional resources are on standby this weekend. By early Saturday afternoon, over 7,000 people were without power.

This story originally appeared on 680 News.

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