Adding to further misery, the precipitation is expected to change to several hours of freezing rain at some point on Sunday.
Environment Canada says the temperature will fall below the freezing mark Saturday and rain will change over into freezing rain possibly mixed with ice pellets at times in the afternoon lasting into the evening. "Closer to the shores of lake Ontario is expected only rain".
The rain will begin in the Greater Toronto Area late Friday evening and turn into freezing rain on Saturday followed by ice pellets as colder air moves into the region.
Currently Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent are the only areas not under threat of an ice storm but they do have a statement issued for heavy rain this weekend.
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"Fast-moving cyclone will cross the southern part of Ontario on Thursday, bringing rain to the area".
Driving conditions on untreated roads are expected to be risky, and all surfaces are expected to become icy and extremely hazardous.
At this point, there is still considerable uncertainty with regards to which areas may be most affected. Some areas may receive more than 20 mm of freezing rain, which would result in higher amounts of ice accretion especially if temperatures hover a couple degrees below zero.
Coupled with winds reaching up to 60 km/hr, there is a potential for widespread power outages due to downed trees or power lines.
Sunday is when the forecast gets ominously terse: "Periods of snow or freezing rain".