Southern Ontario braces for ice storm, dangerous driving conditions

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Southern Ontario braces for ice storm, dangerous driving conditions

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 14 Apr 2018

Toronto, Apr 14 (IBNS): Southern Ontario is facing the wrath of an ice storm that could lead to power failures, flight delays and dangerous driving conditions, media reports said.

Environment Canada has issued weather warnings from Windsor, Ontario, up to Muskoka and east to Ottawa.

The weather agency said southwestern Ontario in particular is facing a “potentially historic ice storm”, adding that freezing rain will likely cause widespread power outages.

Hydro One said it has crews ready to respond to outages round-the-clock, and additional resources are on standby this weekend.

Environment Canada said it expects ice buildup of up to 25mm, and wind gusts of up to 70-80km/ hr that could fell trees and power lines.

In the Greater Toronto Area, there is possibility of 15mm ice buildup, besides formation of ice pellets. Drivers have been urged to go slow on slippery roads.

The weather conditions might persist into Sunday, and there are likely chances of roads being flooded due to excessive rain.

The spring storm is a result of a moisture-laden low pressure area over the central US that is moving toward the Great Lakes this weekend.

(Reporting by Sayantan Banerjee)

Southern Ontario braces for ice storm, dangerous driving conditions

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