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Calm before the storm: Freezing rain warning for Toronto, GTA

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2017

A freezing rain warning remains in effect for much of southern Ontario including Toronto and the GTA on Tuesday.

Environment Canada said the freezing rain is expected to start in the morning and last for several hours before changing to rain in the afternoon.

The national weather agency warns roads and sidewalks will become icy, which may cause traffic and transit delays. The icy buildup may cause tree branches to break and could lead to power outages.

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In Toronto and the GTA, 680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said the mix of freezing rain and rain will start at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. Around 5-10 millimetres of ice accumulation and 10 millimetres of rain are expected to hit the region.

She said it will be a mainly rain event for the city with a high of 5 C and windy conditions. Freezing rain will dominate areas to the east, north and northwest.

The freezing rain will change to rain around 3 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m., Taylor said.

On Monday, Air Canada issued a travel alert for Pearson International Airport and Billy Bishop Airport because of Tuesday’s weather. WestJet also said the weather could cause delays or cancellations in southern Ontario.



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