Snow, ice pellets, freezing rain on tap for Almaguin this weekend

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The freezing rain will give way to rain by Sunday evening.

Adding to further misery, the precipitation is expected to change to several hours of freezing rain at some point on Sunday.

There you have it - the weekend weather forecast isn't pleasant, and you might want to prepare for the worst.

Environment Canada has released a special weather statement for London-Middlesex as rain on Saturday is expected to change to freezing rain as colder air moves in.

A prediction by Environment Canada that this could be a historic ice storm is coming true, with power outages being reported, risky driving conditions, fallen trees and cancelled flights.

And there is a lakeshore flood warning from noon on Saturday to 2pm on Sunday for Monroe and Orleans counties with the strong northeasterly winds possibly resulting in lakeshore flooding.

"It's a lot of freezing rain, no question about it", said Kimbell.

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"This has the potential to be a major ice storm for some regions with ice accumulations in excess of 20 millimetres possible".

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Barry, Calhoun, Jackson and Washtenaw Counties where up to two tenths of an inch of ice will be possible by Sunday morning.

Toronto's Pearson Airport advised passengers to check their flight status before leaving, with hundreds of flight cancellations and delays being reported by Saturday afternoon.

"We're ready to respond 24/7", Hydro One said in a tweet. According to CTV News, by early afternoon around 8000 people were left without power.

Meanwhile, various universities - including Ryerson, Waterloo, McMaster and Wilfrid Laurier - opted to delay weekend exams due to the weather.

The ice storm warning means total ice accumulations of a half inch of ice are expected, making traffic hard and causing downed tree limbs and power lines.