BROCKVILLE – Get ready for a possible ice storm this weekend across Leeds-Grenville in what Canada’s weather agency says could be a “high impact” storm.
Environment Canada has a special weather statement in place for Leeds-Grenville and much of southern and eastern Ontario as a complex weather system moves into the province. As of Thursday afternoon, there were no weather watches or warnings in place.
It’s expected to start as rain on Saturday but “significant” freezing rain and ice pellets will happen as the system draws in cold arctic air from the northwest.
“A few rounds of precipitation are likely during this period with a significant threat of prolonged freezing rain in some areas, especially on Sunday,” the agency said.
Ice buildup could be in excess of 20 millimeters (0.79 inches) and, coupled with wind up 60 kilometers an hour, could lead to power outages due to falling tree limbs and power lines.
The freezing rain is expected to change to rain later on Sunday.
As of this afternoon (Thursday), Environment Canada couldn’t nail down exactly how much rain and freezing rain we could get and what areas of Ontario would be affected the most.