There will be several hours of falling sleet and freezing rain in this setup, which will mean a fairly high impact event with ice accumulations of half of an inch or more Saturday night into Sunday morning in the Rochester area.
In fact, at 3:29 p.m., the weather agency said "a potentially historic and ice storm expected this weekend" (which is something everyone has likely noticed and signed repeatedly over).
And there is a lakeshore flood warning from noon on Saturday to 2pm on Sunday for Monroe and Orleans counties with the strong northeasterly winds possibly resulting in lakeshore flooding.
The significant rain today will change to freezing rain late Saturday afternoon over Chatham-Kent.
A freezing rain warning is in place for Peterborough and southern Peterborough County, Lindsay and southern Kawartha Lakes, and Northumberland County, with an ice storm forecast for Sunday.
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Toronto's Pearson Airport says travellers should check their flight status online before heading out, because the weather could lead to cancellations.
A slow-moving storm system, now in southeastern Nebraska, is expected to bring a variety of wintry weather to MI through Monday.
"We've got cars in the ditches, we've got cars on the concrete wall, we've got cars facing the wrong way", he said.
"Some people may think that it's just wet roads, not realizing that it's freezing rain coming down", Schmidt added. The freezing rain will continue into Sunday morning before transitioning back to rain Sunday afternoon.
Hydro One says it has crews ready to respond to outages 24/7, and additional resources are on standby this weekend. In some areas, the wind knocked down trees and power lines prompting police to issue warnings to keep a distance.
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