Hydro One and OPP warn of coming ice storm

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Hydro One and OPP warn of coming ice storm

CORNWALL, Ontario – Environment Canada, the OPP, and Hydro One are all warning of severe weather expected to hit central and eastern Ontario tonight, Sunday, Dec. 29 and Monday, Dec. 30.

“We have been tracking the incoming storm and are getting crews and equipment ready in the areas anticipated to be hardest hit,” said Darlene Bradley, Acting Chief Operating Officer, Hydro One. “While our crews and customer service agents get ready to respond as quickly and safely as possible, we urge everyone to be prepared with an emergency kit and the tools to access the most up-to-date outage information.”

The OPP has urged the public to avoid travel when possible on Monday.

“If you don’t have to go out on the highways tonight or tomorrow, we recommend you stay put until things improve”, said Acting Inspector Marc Hemmerick, East Region OPP Manager of Traffic and Marine Programs. “If you do have be out please go slow, give yourself extra time and leave lots of extra following distance.”

According to The Weather Network freezing rain is forecasted to being in Cornwall at around 6 a.m. Monday morning and will turn into snow in the afternoon.

“Freezing rain is expected to develop this evening. The freezing rain may continue into Monday or transition to ice pellets before changing to snow or rain Monday afternoon,” reads a Warning from Environment Canada. “Ice accretion or build-up of 5 to 10 mm is possible and power outages are possible. Travel conditions are expected to deteriorate this afternoon and remain poor into Monday.”

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