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Freezing rain, damaging winds and flurries possible this weekend

KAWARTHA LAKES-Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for Kawartha Lakes.

There is a potential for freezing rain Saturday night and damaging winds and blowing snow on Sunday.

Precipitation associated with a strong low pressure system may begin as freezing rain Saturday evening before changing to rain overnight or early Sunday evening.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.

Damaging winds with gusts to 90 to 100 km/h are expected to develop Sunday afternoon. Areas near the Great Lakes are more likely to experience winds at the higher end of this range. The strong winds will persist through Sunday night and gradually weaken on Monday.

In addition, flurries and blowing snow will develop Sunday afternoon. Local snowfall amounts in the 5 to 10 cm range are possible by Monday morning. More importantly, any fresh snow that falls will be whipped up by the very strong winds creating whiteout conditions at times.

Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero making travel hazardous. Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Power outages are also possible.

There is still some uncertainty regarding the track of this low pressure system originating in Texas. Environment Canada meteorologists are monitoring this developing situation closely.

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Pamela Vanmeer
Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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