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Strong winds, up to 25mm of rain likely Thursday

Environment Canada last evening issued a special weather statement in effect for Durham Region.

It said Durham may see freezing rain followed by heavy rainfall and strong winds, .

Light ice accretion is possible. Rain, at times heavy, could amount to 15 to 25 mm, while southwesterly winds could gust up to 90 kmh.

“A period of freezing rain is possible Thursday morning before transitioning to rain. The freezing rain risk appears most likely for areas over higher terrain. Rain will taper to showers by Thursday evening. Gusty southwesterly winds are expected Thursday afternoon into early Thursday evening,” said Environment Canada.

Travel conditions may become hazardous due to icy and slippery roads and walkways,. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break. Isolated utility outages are possible. Localized flooding may occur in areas of poor drainage, it added.

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