Freezing rain, strong winds expected in Guelph area, Region of Waterloo: Environment Canada

The Guelph area and Waterloo region could experience a miserable day on Wednesday, with Environment Canada calling for freezing rain and strong gusty winds.

A special weather statement has been issued for most of southwestern Ontario, with severe weather expected to begin in the morning and last well into the evening.

“Freezing rain is expected to develop early Wednesday morning,” Environment Canada said. “Freezing rain will begin to change to rain late in the afternoon.”

The weather bureau said the freezing rain could bring up to eight millimeters of ice buildup and strong winds blowing up to 70 km/h.

Rainfall amounts could reach 20 millimeters, which could lead to localized flooding, Environment Canada said.

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If the weather goes as expected, the agency said residents could face power outages and icy roads.

“Partially frozen ground may have a reduced ability to absorb this precipitation and localized flooding may be possible,” Environment Canada said.

Forecasters are calling for the temperature in the region to be near freezing throughout the day on Wednesday before rising to 4C in the evening.

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