Freezing rain warning now in effect for most of Kawarthas region Tuesday overnight

Ice accretion of 5 to 15 mm is possible by Wednesday afternoon depending on location and how much precipitation falls as ice pellets

Ice pellets and freezing rain on car

Environment Canada has now issued a freezing rain warning for most of the greater Kawarthas region for Tuesday overnight (April 4) and Wednesday morning.

The freezing rain warning is in effect for Peterborough County, the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County, Hastings Highlands, and eastern Northumberland County.

Ice pellets or freezing rain are expected to develop overnight Tuesday or early Wednesday morning and continue into the early afternoon before temperatures rise above the freezing mark.

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In southern Peterborough County and for all of the City of Kawartha Lakes, ice accretion of 5 mm is possible. In northern Peterborough County and southern Haliburton County, 5 to 10 mm of ice accretion is possible.

In Hastings Highlands and eastern Northumberland County, ice accretion of 10 to 15 millimetres is possible. One potential complication is how much of the precipitation falls in the form of ice pellets versus freezing rain. If most of the precipitation falls in the form of freezing rain, this has the potential to be a significant ice storm for the region.

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


This story has been updated with the latest forecast from Environment Canada.