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Freezing rain warning for areas outside of Toronto

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Mar 19th, 2014

It could be a slippery drive to work on Wednesday depending on where you’re going and when you plan to leave.

Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for parts of southern Ontario, including northern York and Durham regions, Newmarket, Uxbridge, Dufferin, Caledon, Barrie and Orillia.

According to the weather agency, the freezing rain is expected to begin early Wednesday morning.

“Northern York and Durham regions, areas like Newmarket and Uxbridge, [there is] some freezing rain that could be prolonged. Of course, this is all temperature-dependent, so the closer you stay to freezing or below, you’ll be dealing with the freezing rain,” 680News meteorologist Jill Taylor said.

In Dufferin County, Ontario provincial police are warning drivers to be extremely cautious, saying that several hours of freezing rain are possible.

Meantime, a special weather statement is in effect for much of the region, including Toronto and the GTA, warning of wintery weather.

Environment Canada said the precipitation may start as patchy freezing rain and then turn to rain for areas within southwestern Ontario and the Golden Horseshoe.

Parts of north and central Ontario may receive snow at first, followed by freezing rain, which will then change to rain this afternoon. Between five to 10 centimetres of snow could fall in some northern areas.

For Toronto and the GTA, patchy freezing rain or showers will begin at around 7 a.m., Taylor said, with steady rain beginning at around 10 a.m. and lasting through the day. There’s a high of 6 C and a gusty southeast wind.

She also said rain will continue Wednesday evening with a few flurries late night and a low near 2 C.

There is some good news: spring arrives at 12:57 p.m. EDT on Thursday.

Click here for the full weather forecast.

With files from Patricia D’Cunha and Jaime Pulfer, CityNews.ca


  • Sylvia Bayes says:

    Just want to comment on Frank and Kevin being in shock that buses were cancelled in Simcoe County. I am a school bus driver and our school boards look ahead to see what are the chances of getting all those children home again, if by chance, they cancelled the buses in the afternoon! This happened in 2007, buses were cancelled and parents were scrambling to get their kids picked up from school. Many kids had to spend the night at school. I just wanted to give you an insight from our view point!

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