Environment Canada issues freezing rain warning for GTA

Dec 29 2019, 6:30 am

If you’re still driving around making holiday visits, take note. Because roads in the GTA are expected to be messy from Sunday to Monday, due to freezing rain.

Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for Newmarket, Georgina, Northern York Region, Uxbridge, Beaverton, and Northern Durham Region, where an ice storm is possible today into Monday morning.

Reportedly, freezing rain or rain is expected to develop this afternoon and continue through the night and into the morning. At the same time, temperatures are predicted to remain near freezing, resulting in precipitation potentially falling as freezing rain.

Ice accretion or build-up of 10 to 15 mm is possible.

Additionally, a warning is in effect for Pickering, Oshawa, Southern Durham Region,
Vaughan, Richmond Hill, and Markham, where freezing rain is possible today into Monday morning.

Ice accretion or build-up of 5 to 10 mm is possible in these locations.

In the GTA, temperatures are expected to rise above freezing on Monday afternoon, which will change any freezing rain into rain.

Travel is expected to be very poor today into Monday, Environment Canada says, particularly in areas with higher terrain, as colder temperatures will result in more ice build-up.

It’s expected that highways, roads, walkways, parking lots, and the like will become icy and hazardous. It’s recommended that non-essential travel is postponed until conditions improve.

Additionally, utility outages may occur.