Freezing Rain Warning issued for Stratford

Saul Bowman
April 15, 2018

On Saturday, Environment Canada issued freezing rain warnings for southern Ontario, where power outages are expected.

National Weather Service map shows area of ice storm warning in Western New York, with a winter weather advisory for the Southern Tier and most of New York State and a winter storm warning for the area around Watertown.

Drivers were urged to take extra care, as gusty winds and broken tree limbs could add to the danger on icy roads.

As this weather system is still a few days away, there remains uncertainty with regards to precipitation amounts and which areas will be most affected.

So, if there's a storm this weekend, it also has the potential to be risky and cause widespread effects and tough travel.


A freezing rain warning is now in effect for Stratford. "Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the strong winds and ice". A significant accumulation of ice pellets is likely. Light snow is possible Sunday night through early Monday. The sloppy weather is expected to continue into Sunday until temperatures rise to above freezing sometime in the afternoon.

"As the low approaches tonight (Saturday), freezing rain will likely become widespread again and persist into Sunday before changing to rain", reports Environment Canada.

The ice storm will contain huge gusts of wind up to 85 km/h, freezing rain, flooding, fallen debris and slippery roads. Thus an accumulation of ice is possible later on Saturday into Saturday night which will cause for some unsafe travel conditions.

Travel could be hard with ice covered roads and the potential of downed trees, limbs and power lines.

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