More messy weather headed to southern Ontario
Joshua Freeman, CP24.com
Published Sunday, February 10, 2013 4:05PM EST
Last Updated Sunday, February 10, 2013 7:19PM EST
Just two days after a massive winter storm dumped around 30 centimetres of snow on the Greater Toronto Area, more messy weather is headed to the region.
Environment Canada said in a special weather statement Sunday that freezing rain is possible in the GTA starting Sunday evening with a weather system emerging from Colorado expected to bring a mixed bag of precipitation across the province.
“The precipitation is expected to begin either late this evening or after midnight and be mostly rain,” the agency said in its statement. “However, there is a risk that it could begin as a brief period of freezing rain or ice pellets.”
The risk of freezing rain is even stronger in other parts of the province, with a freezing rain warning in effect for Newmarket, Caledon, northern York Region and Northern Durham Region. The warning also covers Waterloo, Barrie, Kingston and Ottawa.
With large piles of snow still on the ground and a high of 6 C predicted for Monday, flooding is also a possibility in the GTA.
On Sunday, Toronto city officials told CP24 crews would be working to make sure drainage ways are clear over the next two days, especially in lower lying areas of the city.
Officials also advised the public to make sure that sewer grates are clear so that snowmelt can drain away properly.
In the Beaches area, where flooding has been a problem in the past, area residents said they were bracing for problems Sunday.
“Unfortunately a lot of the homes down here may end up getting flooded again,” Bill Burrows of the Kew Beach Neighbourhood Association told CP24. “When people are expecting the weather to be like it will be tomorrow, they worry about it.”
He said some people in the neighbourhood were even planning to stay home from work to watch for possible flooding at their homes.
TTC officials also said Sunday there would be stepped up enforcement of parking rules Monday to avoid streetcars from being blocked, a frequent problem in messy weather conditions.
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