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Freezing rain to coat Ontario, Quebec

Lyndsay Morrison

November 25, 2010 — Roads could be slick around Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City through the overnight Thursday, thanks to freezing rain.

Freezing rain warning
Freezing rain warning

It could be a tricky night for drivers in eastern Ontario and southern Quebec.

A system is making its way across Ontario, and it is has been bringing mixed precipitation to parts of the province. By the time it reaches communities east of Toronto, it could cause some slick road conditions.

“With this powerful storm system we're expecting freezing rain through the overnight hours for the Ottawa River Valley. And that same patch of freezing rain will switch into Quebec by Friday morning,” says Martin Belanger, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. The freezing rain could last for about six hours with the potential for 2-5 mm of ice on the roads and sidewalks.

“The winds will also be an issue where we're expecting gusts between 60 to 70 km/h for Ontario and parts of Quebec,” adds Belanger.

Environment Canada has issued warnings in both provinces. They stretch from Haliburton to Quebec City, and include Ottawa and Montreal.

Heavy snow is already on the ground in parts of Ontario
Heavy snow is already on the ground in parts of Ontario

Further north in Ontario, communities have been getting blanketed by heavy snow. Up to 25 cm could fall in some communities through Friday. In southern Ontario, there's the potential for some snow flurries around the city of Toronto through Friday, as well.

To stay up-to-date on weather conditions, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

With files from Andrea Stockton

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