Rare ice storm warning issued for Western NY; 'significant icing' expected

Snow, ice pellets, freezing rain on tap for Almaguin this weekend

Environment Canada said freezing rain, ice pellets and snow are affecting areas stretching from Windsor, Ont., up to the Muskoka region and east to Ottawa.

In fact, at 3:29 p.m., the weather agency said "a potentially historic and ice storm expected this weekend" (which is something everyone has likely noticed and signed repeatedly over).

Weather analysts predict the region will see a "lull" in rainfall for most of Saturday evening but the messy weather picks up again by early Sunday morning.

The NWS says there could be significant icing with about a half inch of ice possible.

A prediction by Environment Canada that this could be a historic ice storm is coming true, with power outages being reported, unsafe driving conditions, fallen trees and cancelled flights.

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UPDATE (11:08 a.m. Thursday, April 12): A special weather statement continues for Bracebridge - Gravenhurst, Port Carling - Port Severn, Huntsville - Baysville and Town of Parry Sound - Rosseau - Killbear Park areas. Travellers are being warned to check their flights online before heading out.

An area of rain and isolated thunderstorms is expected to affect extreme southwestern Ontario. "We've got problems all over the place". Freezing rain is likely to transition to rain midday Sunday.

"It's a lot of freezing rain, no question about it", said Kimbell.

The companies say that their first priorities are to respond to known incidents of downed power lines to make the situations safe.

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