Major ice storm slated to hit Ontario this weekend

Toronto waterfront with frozen inner harbour. (Getty)

Southern Ontario is going to get hit by some nasty weather this weekend.

While some of the country is experiencing spring conditions, a cold front is coming in Friday night and will bring chilly weather temperatures to Windsor reaching all the way to Toronto and the GTA.

Rain will also be coming in Friday night and as the temperatures continue to drop throughout the day on Saturday and into Sunday morning, it will turn into sleet and freezing rain, said Brett Anderson, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.

“My biggest concern is trees and power lines because that’s where the ice is going to accumulate greatest,” said Anderson. “Trees and power lines – they don’t care if its April and they’re going to ice up. I would be prepared for power outages, especially by Saturday night into early Sunday.”

Environment Canada has issued a similar warning for the City of Toronto:

“This has the potential to be a major ice storm for some regions with ice accumulations in excess of 20 mms possible. Ice accumulations of this magnitude combined with gusty winds to 60 km/h may result in widespread power outages due to fallen tree limbs and power lines. Travel is also expected to be hazardous.”

If you’re looking for snow, north of Toronto will be seeing some more of the white stuff. From Friday night into Saturday, significant snowfall is expected in Barrie, Perry Sound, Sudbury and North Bay.

As for next week, the weather is also nothing to look forward to.

“By Monday the storm is gone but we’ll be dealing with snow showers and wind behind it,” said Anderson.

“It’s going to be cold early next week, warm up in middle of next week, then cold again. Not arctic air cold but certainly colder than normal.”