Freezing rain warning for Niagara

A freezing rain warning has been issued by Environment Canada for both North and South Niagara.

These areas include Niagara Falls, Welland, St. Catharines, and Grimsby.

While this warning was issued just before 1pm, Environment Canada has been warning about this storm all week. 

They say we will see a significant ice storm this weekend.

Rain will begin this afternoon then change to freezing rain as temperatures dip below zero. It should persist into this evening.

An ice buildup to 20 mm appears likely by Sunday morning.

Strong winds gusting to 75 to 85 km/h are also expected tonight and Sunday.

The combination of excessive ice accumulations and strong winds may result in widespread power outages due to fallen trees and power lines.

Niagara has already seen significant power outages today, due to an unrelated transmission issue from Hydro One.

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.