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Good morning Barrie! Flash freeze warning in effect

Back to frigid temps this weekend
2018-01-12 morning pic 1
The January thaw brought the return of water reflections and they made for some pretty pictures. Sue Sgambati/BarrieToday

A flash freeze warning is in effect.

Periods of rain changing to periods of freezing rain or snow this morning and then changing to periods of snow near noon and ending late this afternoon then cloudy. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Snowfall amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind gusting to 50 km/h this morning. Temperature falling to minus 7 this afternoon.

Cloudy tonight with a 60 percent chance of flurries. Wind gusting to 50 km/h.  Low minus 17. Wind chill minus 27.

Flurries tomorrow. Local amount 2 cm. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. Temperature steady near minus 16. Wind chill minus 28.

A mix of sun and cloud Sunday with a 30 percent chance of flurries. High minus 12.

Here are the details of the flash freeeze warning issued by Environment Canada in effect for:

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

Temperatures are forecast to fall rapidly. Ponding water, slush, and any falling precipitation will freeze as the temperature drops.

Icy conditions this morning.

Following the passage of a cold front this morning, rain will change to snow and there will be a hard freeze as temperatures plummet. There may also be a brief period of freezing rain during the changeover from rain to snow. Snowfall amounts of 2 to 5 cm are also possible today.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.

Flash freeze warnings are issued when a rapid drop in temperature is expected, that can cause water from rain or melted snow on streets and sidewalks to quickly freeze.