Storm leaves Peterborough iced all over

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The cleanup con­tin­ues af­ter a late blast of win­ter pum­melled the re­gion over the week­end.

An ice storm orig­i­nat­ing from the Cen­tral Plains states brought rain that changed to freez­ing rain and then to snow, be­fore chang­ing back to freez­ing rain and then rain over the week­end.

A freez­ing rain warn­ing was is­sued Fri­day af­ter­noon for Peterborough, Lind­say, Lake­field, south­ern Peterborough County and south­ern City of Kawartha Lakes by En­vi­ron­ment Canada, while a snow­fall warn­ing was is­sued for north­ern Peterborough County and north­ern City of Kawartha Lakes.

The weather cre­ated dan­ger­ous driv­ing con­di­tions.

Game 6 of the Lake­field Chief­sS­tayner Siskins that had been sched­uled for Satur­day night at the Lake­field-Smith Com­mu­nity Cen­tre was post­poned un­til Tues­day night by the storm, the Provin­cial Ju­nior Hockey League an­nounced Satur­day morn­ing.

At Trent Univer­sity, 11 a.m. ex­ams con­tin­ued as sched­uled Satur­day but ex­ams sched­uled for 3 and 7 p.m. were post­poned.

But the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board can­celled all com­mu­nity group book­ings in area pub­lic ele­men­tary and high schools for Satur­day and Sun­day in Peterborough, Northumberland and Clar­ing­ton.

Sev­eral com­mu­nity events in the Peterborough area on the week­end, in­clud­ing Kub Kars races and the Peterborough Wolver­ines eu­chre tour­na­ment fundraiser, were also post­poned by the storm.

There were many col­li­sions on area roads and streets on Fri­day night and Satur­day, in­clud­ing one Fri­day night that closed Sher­brooke St. in the city between Good­fel­low Rd. and Wal­lis Dr. af­ter a car slammed into a hy­dro pole.

City of Kawartha Lakes OPP closed Lit­tle Bri­tain Rd. between Elm Tree Rd. and Salen Rd. on Satur­day morn­ing for a col­li­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

"Sig­nif­i­cant ice build-up due to freez­ing rain is ex­pected or oc­cur­ring. Ice storm likely this week­end," states the freez­ing rain warn­ing for south­ern Peterborough County and south­ern City of Kawartha Lakes is­sued at 3:29 p.m. Fri­day.

Mean­while, Oton­abee Con­ser­va­tion is­sued a week­end flood warn­ing for local water­ways as rain and snow con­tin­ued to fall over Peterborough and area. A flood watch had been is­sued Fri­day; warn­ings are is­sued when flood­ing is im­mi­nent or has al­ready oc­curred.

The flood warn­ing, af­fect­ing Peterborough city and county, Ca­van Mon­aghan, Aspho­delNor­wood, Oton­abee-South Mon­aghan, Trent Hills and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

With as much as 35 mil­lime­tres of pre­cip­i­ta­tion since Fri­day, wa­ter lev­els and flows in local rivers and creeks has in­creased, the con­ser­va­tion author­ity re­ports.

In­flows to the Kawartha Lakes have in­creased, as have out­flows, which have risen from 180 cu­bic me­tres per sec­ond to 250 cu­bic me­tres per sec­ond in days.

In ar­eas near the Oton­abee River, the In­dian River, the Ouse River and trib­u­taries of the Kawartha Lakes, Oton­abee Con­ser­va­tion re­ports that the ground is sat­u­rated and can't ab­sorb ad­di­tional rain­fall. This could lead to pool­ing and pond­ing near water­ways and in low-ly­ing ar­eas.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada called for a high of 7 cel­cius Mon­day, with show­ers and winds be­fore drop­ping to zero overnight with a 60 per cent chance of show­ers or flur­ries.

Tues­day was ex­pected to be cloudy with a 40 per cent chance of show­ers or flur­ries and high of 2 cel­cius.

For Wed­nes­day, cloudy with a 30 per cent chance of show­ers and a high of 7 cel­cius.

JES­SICA NYZNIK/EXAMINER

Eve­lyn Johns clears snow from out­side the Ev­in­rude Cen­tre Satur­day. Freez­ing rain, hail and snow can­celled a hand­ful of events hap­pen­ing in the city on Satur­day.

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