Freezing rain warning ends but winds persist

The freezing rain warning has ended but the potential for weather-related damage continues due to "brisk" winds, Environment Canada says.
Rain and runoff have filled gutters around the region. (CBC)

Environment Canada ended the freezing rain warning for the region Friday morning, however it reported that "brisk winds" could threaten to break ice-coated branches and disrupt utility lines in these areas: 

  • Guelph, Erin, Southern Wellington County.
  • Kitchener, Cambridge, Region of Waterloo.
  • Mount Forest, Arthur, Northern Wellington County.

"Brisk winds forecast with potentially significant impacts on power outages due to falling limbs and trees," the special weather statement Friday at 6:29 stated.

"Northwest winds of 20 km/h gusting to 40 or 50 km/h will spread across parts of Southern Ontario," the national weather agency warned. "They will persist for several hours before diminishing this afternoon."

The winds are expected to drop dramatically for Saturday, into the 10 km/h range.

Friday's weather forecast predicts a high of 3 C but temperatures will drop to -5 overnight, recovering Saturday with a potential of 7.