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Good morning Barrie! Freezing rain warning in effect

Snow, ice pellets, freezing rain in forecast tonight
feb 2 rain
Sue Sgambati/BarrieToday

Mainly cloudy today, windy and a high plus 3.

Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for Barrie, Orillia and Midland:

4:47 AM EST Tuesday 02 February 2016
Freezing rain warning in effect for:

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

A wintery mix of weather with brief heavy snow and some blowing snow tonight followed by freezing rain.

A developing storm in the southern states is centred over Kansas this morning and it is projected to track towards the Great Lakes tonight then cross Northeastern Ontario on Wednesday.

Snow is expected to begin this evening and may fall fairly heavily for a brief time before transitioning to ice pellets then freezing rain shortly thereafter.

Snow and ice pellet accumulations are expected to be under 5 centimetres and will be accompanied by some blowing snow reducing visibilities.

The freezing rain will likely last for a couple of hours before changing to rain later tonight as temperatures climb above the freezing mark.

The main impacts with this wintery mix will be poor driving conditions developing this evening due to snow and some blowing snow, followed by icing with the freezing rain.

Significant ice accumulations are not expected at this time, although some localized power outages are possible due to the combination of brisk winds and any freezing rain.

Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.

There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas.

Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays.

Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.

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

Sue Sgambati

About the Author: Sue Sgambati

Sue has had a 30-year career in journalism working for print, radio and TV. She is a proud member of the Barrie community.
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