6:09 PM EST Monday 28 December 2015
Freezing rain warning in effect for:
- Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
- St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region
Significant freezing rain and strong easterly winds expected.
A intense low pressure system from Texas will arrive over the Great Lakes tonight. A warm front associated with this low is producing a band of freezing rain which has already started in southwestern Ontario and will continue to move northeastwards this evening.
Ice accumulation amounts could range from 5 to 10 mm.
This could well be a significant freezing rain event as strong easterly winds of 40 gusting to 70 km/h will likely result in widespread power outages across many areas beginning this evening.
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Beware of branches or electrical wires that could break under the weight of ice.
Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet reports to #ONStorm.