NATION VALLEY — A weather system laden with precipitation has arrived in the region, with several centimetres of snow and ice pellets forecast to be followed by “significant” freezing rain this evening and into Tuesday.
Environment Canada forecasts several millimetres of ice accumulation by morning after an “extended period” of freezing rain that’s expected to leave roads slippery and “hazardous”— at least until temperatures rise later tomorrow morning. At that point, the agency predicts the precipitation will turn to regular rain — although the more easterly regions of the province and the Ottawa Valley could experience freezing rain into the afternoon.
“This weather system may cause power outages and road closures,” it also advises.
“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break. Beware of branches or electrical wires that could break under the weight of ice. Utility outages may occur. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/”
Such warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.