Ice storm has Toronto area bracing for power outages, risky driving conditions

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The combination of ice accumulation and strong winds may result in power outages due to fallen tree limbs and power lines.

An ice storm warning was issued for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee & Wyoming counties from 2 p.m. Saturday until 2 p.m. Sunday. "Closer to the shores of lake Ontario is expected only rain".

"Some people may think that it's just wet roads, not realizing that it's freezing rain coming down", Schmidt added.

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As well, a rainfall warning and freezing rain alert were issued for Chatham-Kent and Rondeau Park by Environment Canada. Precipitation may fall early in the morning in the form of supercooled rain, which then quickly will become usual, as the temperature rises above freezing, reads the warning sent out by the national weather service.

The inclement weather is forecast to persist into this evening, with several centimetres of ice pellets expected.

Unfortunately, this might be due to a slow-moving, low-pressure system approaching the area, says Environment Canada.

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Scattered rain showers mixed at times with freezing rain in the morning. Up to an inch of freezing rain is possible in some locations.

Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said there had been more than 200 collisions on the highways in the Greater Toronto Area by Saturday afternoon. This entails holding planning meetings, readying crews and equipment, mobilizing employees for storm duty and preparing to make arrangements for additional resources if needed.

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