Freezing rain advisory issued for parts of southern Ontario

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Published January 23, 2024 at 10:15 am

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Freezing rain has been added to the snowfall travel advisory today in parts of southern Ontario.

A travel advisory was issued as heavy snow, around five to 10 centimetres was in the forecast for today (Jan. 23) for cities in southern Ontario.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is now saying heavy snowfall will bring total accumulations of four to eight centimetres today in the Mississauga area.

Milton, Halton Hills and other areas north of the GTA could get up to 10 centimetres of snow.

At the peak, the snow will fall at rates of one to two centimetres per hour.

The snow will push into the region and impact travel through the day and then weaken in intensity late in the afternoon or through the evening.

“Motorists should expect hazardous winter driving conditions and adjust travel plans accordingly,” the advisory reads. “There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas.”

The Niagara Region and may get snow mixed with ice pellets at times.

A freezing rain travel advisory has been issued for areas in the southwest of the province including Windsor, Chatham-Kent and Essex County.

In this area, a period of freezing rain could lead to ice buildup. Ice accretion of two to four millimetres is possible.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery,” the advisory reads. “Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break. Utility outages may occur.”

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