On­tario pelted with ice storm

The Daily Courier - - CANADA -

TORONTO — More than 35,000 peo­ple were with­out power in south­ern and cen­tral On­tario Sun­day as the re­gion was hit by an­other round of freez­ing rain and ice pel­lets.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada is­sued weather warn­ings for the en­tirety of the re­gion for the sec­ond day in a row, ad­vis­ing that strong winds could ex­ac­er­bate al­ready dan­ger­ous con­di­tions.

Provin­cial power util­ity Hy­dro One says it has ex­tra crews on standby to ad­dress out­ages as the mas­sive, slow-mov­ing storm sys­tem ham­mered an area that stretches from Wind­sor, Ont., into Que­bec and from Lake On­tario to North Bay.

On­tario Provin­cial Po­lice have said there were more than 550 crashes on high­ways sur­round­ing Toronto on Satur­day — none of them fa­tal — and that there had been dozens more early Sun­day.

The mix­ture of freez­ing rain and ice pel­lets meant for par­tic­u­larly bad road con­di­tions, said Chris Scott, chief me­te­o­rol­o­gist with The Weather Net­work.

“These ice pel­lets have acted like very dense snow on the road,” he said. “That’s cre­ated treach­er­ous driv­ing con­di­tions across much of south­ern On­tario, but es­pe­cially in the GTA.”

Wind warn­ings were also is­sued with gusts up to 90 kilo­me­tres per hour fore­cast for the Hamil­ton area — strong enough to cause prop­erty dam­age and fur­ther power out­ages.

Scott said ar­eas near Lake Erie were hit with the most freez­ing rain and ice pel­lets, while the re­gion around St. Thomas, Ont., had the most power out­ages.

“It’s rare to get such a win­ter storm this late in the sea­son,” said Scott, not­ing that south­ern On­tario hasn’t seen such an in­tense ice storm in April in over a decade.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada said the freez­ing rain and ice pel­lets would change to solid rain later Sun­day as tem­per­a­tures rise, start­ing in the west and mov­ing east.

In the mean­time, Toronto’s In­ter­na­tional Pear­son Air­port ad­vised trav­ellers to check the sta­tus of their flights be­fore leav­ing.

More than 250 flights were can­celled Satur­day and an­other sev­eral hun­dred early Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Mo­torists who can­not avoid go­ing out to­day are urged to be ex­tra cau­tious due to what are likely to be treach­er­ous road con­di­tions.

The Toronto and Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity is also warn­ing that some creeks and rivers could flood by late tonight due to the heavy rain.

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