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Severe weather moving in for holiday weekend

The app is calling for a potentially historic ‘nightmare before Christmas’ storm across southern Ontario.

People are being advised to get errands done Thursday and consider re-arranging holiday travel plans due to a severe weather system moving through the province Friday and Saturday.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement on the first official day of winter and noted temperatures Friday night into the weekend will likely be the coldest of the season so far.

The system is expected to bring 20-30mm of rainfall in the area during rain and rain/snow showers Thursday and early Friday, then falling temperatures beginning early Friday afternoon could cause flash freezing, before transitioning to snow that may be heavy at times.

Friday’s strong cold front is also expected to bring strong to damaging southwesterly winds. Sustained winds of 40-50 km/hr can be expected. Gusts to up 90 km/h, reaching as high as 120 km/h, are possible. Intense winds are expected to continue through Saturday and becoming lighter on Sunday, as the system makes its way through the province.

Forecast winds across the Great Lakes are expected to bring increased water levels due to storm surge and wave heights that can potentially exceed local flood thresholds. Quinte Conservation warns nuisance flooding is possible in prone or low-lying areas and has issued a water safety statement.


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