Freezing rain for the GTA starting Wednesday afternoon


- Due to a Winter Weather Advisory, numerous school closings are being announced for Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Chatham-Kent, London, Strathroy and Middlesex County are also under a freezing rain warning. Much of the freezing rain and sleet is expected to be northwest of the Boston-Providence corridor, it said.

Areas of drizzle and freezing drizzle are expected to develop across south-central and eastern Kansas tonight. Areas of light snow and flurries will pass through our area Wednesday evening into Thursday morning but we're not expecting the flakes to amount to very much.

The weather service strongly discouraged travel.

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This could result in a band of freezing rain or sleet impacting an area from southern Iowa and northern Missouri eastward to the southern Great Lakes, potentially including Chicago and Cleveland.

The morning commute on Wednesday is likely to be affected as untreated roads become icy. The falling ice could snap power lines and bring down tree branches. Rain of course when surface temperatures are above freezing (likely tomorrow).

Officials measured 20-40 mm of water in the existing snow pack last week, which is below normal for this time of year.

While Wednesday's high temperature is predicted to be just above zero, at 1 C, the wind chill could make it feel like -9 C in the morning.