Historic Ice Storm Cripples Southern Ontario

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Sunday, April 15, 2018

A historic ice storm is underway in Southern Ontario.

An area or low pressure is bringing a messy mix of precipitation to the region.

Precipitation will ignite this morning once again. It will likely begin as snow and ice pellets. It will change to freezing rain this afternoon or evening, and persist through Sunday night into Monday.

This will lead to some major ice accumulation. To make maters worse there will be gusty wind with gusts to 50 km/h.

There is even a risk of thunderstorms this evening and tonight.

Freezing rain warnings are in effect across southern Ontario. There are also rainfall warnings in effect with 50 to 60 mm possible.

Ice accumulations of 20 mm is possible in the hardest hit areas.

Heavy snow is impacting central and eastern Ontario into Quebec.

There have been more than 550 collisions in the GTA according to the OPP.

In addition, hundreds of flights are cancelled, and there are power outages for thousands of customers.

One person was sent to hospital when a sign fell on top of a man in Hamilton.

Flooding has been reported in some areas. Along the shores of Lake Ontario waves of 2 meters are expected.
Travel is not recommended across the area.

The Team

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