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Freezing rain alert issued for the area

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Significant snowfall on the way, says Environment Canada

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

Air travellers are advised to check the status of their flights before heading to airports, and with freezing rain in the forecast utilities are gearing up for potential power outages.

In a special weather statement posted at 10:49 a.m., Environment Canada said a low-pressure system is "expected to bring a messy mix of weather" starting early on Sunday.

Areas affected include Woodstock and Tillsonburg.

Environment Canada was calling for periods of freezing rain until noon, and a risk of freezing drizzle Sunday afternoon.

A reminder that roads, sidewalks and parking lots could become slippery with black ice. Beware of branches or electrical wires that could break under the weight of ice.

Several hours of freezing rain expected today.

Several millimetres of ice or a few centimetres of ice pellets are possible and the winds are expected to kick up to around 70 km/hr.

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