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Heavy rain and high winds on way

January 10, 2020 – Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement in effect for City of Toronto.

According to the nation’s most trusted weather source, expect to see significant amounts of rain with as much as 60 mm predicted, as well as bouts of freezing rain on Saturday combined with powerful southwest winds Sunday.

Updated Friday January 10, 2020, the weather warning reads:

“Occasional light rain or drizzle is expected today and tonight (Friday). However, rain will be more continuous and heavy at times Saturday into Sunday morning. Total rainfall amounts of 25 to 50 mm are possible with most of the rain falling Saturday into Saturday night. For areas further away from Lake Ontario, rain is likely to change to freezing rain by Saturday evening and may last for several hours.

“Strong southwest winds are also expected Sunday morning, especially along the Lake Ontario shoreline where winds may gust up to 90 km/h.”

The exact rainfall amounts along with the location of freezing rain are still uncertain at this point. Environment Canada will issue rainfall warnings as the event draws nearer. Freezing rain and wind warnings may be issued as necessary.

Expect travel throughout southern Ontario to be adversely impacted. Allow for extra time if you must take to the highways.

There is still uncertainty as to which areas will be the most impacted with this system but we will keep you updated with information from the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre that is closely monitoring the situation. Warnings may be issued as the event draws nearer.

Along with the strong winds, which may gust up to 90 km/h Sunday, there is a 60% chance of snow and temperatures will drop below zero which could cause all the precipitation that fell Saturday to freeze up. This will make all roads and sidewalks super slippery, Sunday.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

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