Risk of freezing rain Sunday night for all of greater Kawarthas region

Precipitation will begin as snow in the afternoon, changing to ice pellets or freezing rain

Ice pellets and freezing rain on car

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for all of the greater Kawarthas region for the possibility of freezing rain Sunday night (December 5), along with a winter storm warning for Hastings Highlands and northern Haliburton County.

The special weather statement is in effect for Peterborough County, Kawarthas Lakes, Northumberland County, Hastings County, and southern Haliburton County.

A low pressure system is tracking east across the Great Lakes Sunday through Monday. Precipitation will begin as snow Sunday afternoon, and then will change to ice pellets or freezing rain Sunday evening — mainly for areas inland from the lake shore — before changing to rain by Monday morning.

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Periods of rain, which could be heavy at times, will continue through the day Monday. Environment Canada may issue freezing rain and rainfall warnings.

Hazardous travel conditions are expected due to ice build-up, and localized flooding is possible for areas that have recently received accumulating snowfall.

For Hastings Highlands and northern Haliburton County, significant snowfall may be mixed with ice pellets and freezing rain overnight on Sunday before changing to rain by Monday morning.

Total snowfall amounts of 10 to 20 cm is expected before the precipitation changes to rain early Monday morning.