Wintry mix of weather in northern Kawarthas region late Christmas Eve into Christmas Day

Precipitation will begin as snow or ice pellets Friday night with risk of freezing rain by morning

Freezing rain and snow at night

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for a wintry mix of weather in the northern Kawarthas region for late Christmas Eve into Christmas Day.

The special weather statement is in effect for northern Peterborough County, northern Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County, and northern Hastings County.

A warm front associated with a low pressure system is expected to sweep through the region on Christmas Eve and slowly progress eastward on Christmas Day.

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Precipitation associated with the front is expected to begin Friday evening or overnight as snow or ice pellets, before transitioning over to freezing rain or freezing drizzle. Some communities may even see rain during the transition. Untreated roads may become slippery and drivers are urged to exercise caution.

Environment Canada says there is still some uncertainty regarding the timing and duration of the potential freezing rain. Freezing rain or freezing drizzle advisories may be issued later as the event draws nearer.

The freezing rain risk is expected to end Christmas morning for most communities, as temperatures rise well above freezing. There’s a good chance of rain throughout Christmas Day.