Heavy rains headed to Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent, warns Environment Canada

Rain, freezing rain and snow will all be in the mix for southern Ontario as March comes to a close, according to Environment Canada.

A special weather statement was issued for for Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent Thursday, and meteorologist Geoff Coulson said as much as 50 mm of rain could fall on the region by Friday night.

"We've already seen a shot of some pretty significant rain," he said, adding 16 mm of precipitation was recorded at the Windsor Airport by noon.

A low pressure system from Texas is expected to move across the Great Lakes and drop freezing rain on the GTA and Golden Horseshoe with 5 to 10 cm of snow possible for the southern end of Georgian Bay.

Coulson said mixed snow and rain were reported in Lambton-County.

Environment Canada warned those on the road to travel carefully in areas where snow and ice are expected to form.