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Significant freezing rain and ice pellets expected Saturday

Significant freezing rain and ice pellets expected Saturday

Rain is expected to taper off later Monday.

"Northeasterly winds will result in significant wave action, which may result in lakeshore flooding and erosion along the southwestern shores of Lake Ontario", the weather service said. Some uncertainty exists as to the time the precipitation switches over to rain on Sunday.

More than 15,000 customers are without power in St. Catharines, as Hamilton and Niagara Region brace for a "potentially historic ice storm" this weekend, Environment Canada says.

Rain associated with this low will switch to freezing rain on Saturday morning, and will likely persist for a number of hours into Saturday evening.

Residents are warned that surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways, and parking lots may become icy and slippery. There is likely to be a lull in precipitation this evening, with patchy freezing drizzle expected. A thin layer of cold air near the surface combined with above freezing temperatures just above it will be enough to generate freezing rain. There is a flood watch in effect from late Sunday night through Tuesday afternoon for Monroe and several other counties.

"Snow changing to freezing rain is possible for the Greater Montreal, the Outaouais and the Eastern Townships".

Environment Canada said there will be strong winds with gusts up to 85 km/h in some areas.

Travel could be hard with ice covered roads and the potential of downed trees, limbs and power lines.

Stay away from fallen power lines.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.