Updated freezing rain warning in Hamilton, Oakville, and St. Catharines

Published February 22, 2023 at 6:47 pm

The federal weather agency updated the freezing warning effect for communities on the western tip of Lake Ontario, warning that hydro outages and tree damage are possible due to the combo of ice build-up and strong winds.

Early Wednesday evening, Environment and Climate Change Canada gave an updated advisory pertaining to Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, St. Catharines, and the northern Niagara Region. The ice storm, which is expected to persist into Thursday morning, could create ice build-up of 5 to 15 millimeters, and 5 to cm of snow that is heavy and time. Heavy and blowing snow, as winds gust 50 to 70 km/h, will create reduced visibility for drivers.

“Extensive utility outages and tree damage are possible,” ECCC warned.

The freezing rain will taper off early Thursday morning to a patchy freezing drizzle ECCC added. The northeasterly winds will diminish early Thursday morning.

(Graphic: Environment and Climate Change Canada.)

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