A prolonged period of freezing rain is expected to hit Hamilton Friday (Jan. 1) afternoon and through the night.
Environment Canada issued the warning.
“Precipitation is forecast to begin as snow or ice pellets late this afternoon over parts of Southwestern Ontario before changing over to freezing rain by early this evening,” said the agency.
“Freezing rain may be mixed with ice pellets or rain at times. A prolonged period of freezing rain will bring measurable ice accretion to many areas. The freezing rain should transition to snow overnight.”
The precipitation is associated with a low-pressure system moving north from Texas which will track near the south shore of Lake Erie.
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Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways, and parking lots may become icy and slippery.
Ice build-up may also cause tree branches to break, leading to utility outages.