Weekend: Rain, freezing rain, possible ice storm

Snow, ice pellets, freezing rain on tap for Almaguin this weekend

Possible 'high impact' storm for weekend in SD&G

The National Weather Service used an Ice Storm Waring for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Monroe, Wyoming and Livingston counties from 2 p.m. Saturday through 2 p.m. Sunday. Significant ice build-up due to freezing rain is expected or occurring.

The nasty ice and freezing rain will end by Noon Sunday with temperatures rising quickly.

"However, as the low (pressure system) approaches tonight, freezing rain will likely become widespread again", the weather warning from Environment Canada reads.

Freezing rain is likely to be found in that boundary, especially north of Grand Rapids late Saturday, but a razor-thin margin of a degree or two means some icing is possible as far south as Grand Rapids, Holland, Lansing and Muskegon. Wind gusts of up to 60 km/h are also possible and have the capacity to down tree limbs and cause power outages.

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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.

It's not exactly known when the precipitation will turn back to rain Sunday but 25 millimetres, it may exceed that in some locales, of ice is expected to build up across the area by morning. The "slow moving system" will reach much of southern Ontario, including Caledon, Mississauga, Brampton, Durham and York regions, Halton Hills and Milton.

The weather left roads slippery, at a time of year when many people had already removed their winter tires.

Residents from the GTA and beyond are sharing their photos and videos from across the region as the storm passes through their neighbourhoods.

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