Freezing rain a growing concern Saturday

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The National Weather Service has issued a rare ice storm warning for Western New York, and a winter storm warning for the Tug Hill. The freezing rain will continue into Sunday morning before transitioning back to rain Sunday afternoon.

Residents have also been warned that ice pellets, mixed at times with snow, are continuing to fall. "Yes, it will be an ice storm, but it's going to be mainly ice pellets here in Toronto, until we get into Sunday when we'll see some more freezing rain setting up".

Freezing rain is likely to be found in that boundary, especially north of Grand Rapids late Saturday, but a razor-thin margin of a degree or two means some icing is possible as far south as Grand Rapids, Holland, Lansing and Muskegon. Significant ice build up is possible on Sunday.

In addition, in some areas, road conditions can be unsafe for driving.

A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 5 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m.in the Southern Tier where total ice accumulations of a tenth of an inch to a quarter inch are expected.

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Utility outages, which have already taken place in Chatham-Kent Saturday as the weather system moves across, may occur.

"There remains considerable uncertainty with regards to how long the freezing rain will last before changing over to rain on Sunday", it reads.

A lull in precipitation is likely this evening with patchy freezing drizzle expected. Subsequent heavy rain will follow during the day April 15. Winds are expected to reach speeds of 60 km/h.

"Ice accumulations of this magnitude combined with gusty northeast winds ... may result in widespread power outages due to fallen tree limbs and power lines", the agency said.

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