Freezing rain warning in effect for the Kingston area

Photo by Hal Gatewood.

Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning, advising of the potential for freezing rain forecasted for the Kingston area.

The weather warning, which is in effect for the Kingston, Odessa, Frontenac Islands, Napanee, Consecon, Picton, and Sandbanks Park areas, was issued at 10:55 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, and states that freezing rain is expected tonight, with the possible accretion of “up to a few millimetres.”

With the freezing rain expected to begin late this evening, the national weather agency warned that surfaces, such as highways, roads, parking lots, and walkways, may become icy and slippery.

“A wintry mix of precipitation is expected beginning late this evening,” Environment Canada said. “Precipitation may begin as rain or ice pellets in some areas before transitioning to freezing rain and ice pellets. Ice accretion may be limited during the onset as ground temperatures may be above zero. Freezing rain conditions may last through the overnight hours in some areas before changing to freezing drizzle or light snow by Friday morning.”

According to the weather warning, freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.

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