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Good morning Barrie! A hard rain is gonna fall

Special weather statement also warns of strong winds
2017-10-14 morning pic 2
Gorgeous pumpkin colour came out for last night's sunset but we're in for a grey, rainy day today. Sue Sgambati/BarrieToday

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement giving a heads up for the possibility of a significant rainfall tonight and tomorrow and very strong winds. 

We're in for a cloudy Saturday with a 60 percent chance of showers. High 17.

Rain tonight. Risk of a thunderstorm overnight. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Wind becoming southwest 30 km/h gusting to 60 before morning. Low 15.

Showers with the risk of a thunderstorm tomorrow. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind west 40 km/h gusting to 70. High 19.

Here are the details of the special weather statement in effect for:

  • Barrie - Collingwood - Hillsdale
  • Midland - Coldwater - Orr Lake
  • Orillia - Lagoon City - Washago

A soaking rainfall tonight into Sunday, with strong winds expected Sunday.

A low pressure system developing over Colorado is forecast to track northeast across the Great Lakes and Central Ontario into Quebec Saturday night and Sunday.

Latest computer models continue to show that this system may bring a significant rainfall to the region tonight and Sunday.

Total rainfall amounts of 25 to 50 mm are quite possible by Sunday night, with the greatest chance for the heavier rainfall amounts approaching 50 mm being across the Bruce Peninsula and in areas east of Georgian Bay.

In addition, as the low tracks by just to the north of the district, strong southwest winds gusting to 70 or 80 km/h are expected to develop Sunday as a sharp cold front blasts through. With many trees still in partial to full leaf, these winds may be strong enough in some areas to cause some tree damage in exposed areas, leading to the potential for isolated power outages.

Environment Canada is closely monitoring this situation.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #ONStorm.