Storm leaves Peterborough iced all over
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.
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.