Environment Canada issued a freezing rain warning for communities in the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville area on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 9.
As winter tightens its grip, residents are urged to exercise caution as a mix of snow, ice pellets, and freezing rain blankets the area.
The onset of freezing rain has already been reported and is expected to persist throughout the morning, making for treacherous road conditions and hazardous walking paths.
Accumulation of up to two millimetres of ice on various surfaces is possible. Additionally, the region is experiencing total snowfall and ice pellet amounts reaching up to 5 centimetres.
The hazardous weather conditions are anticipated to continue throughout the morning, impacting the daily commute for many residents.
Weather experts predict that the precipitation will shift to rain later this morning or early afternoon as temperatures rise above the freezing mark.
Commuters are warned about the potentially perilous combination of freezing rain, snow, and ice pellets, which could significantly disrupt the morning commute. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways, and parking lots are at risk of becoming dangerously icy and slippery, posing a threat to both pedestrians and drivers.
Authorities are advising residents to exercise extra caution while walking or driving in the affected areas. Taking necessary safety precautions, such as reducing driving speed and increasing following distances, can help minimize the risk of accidents.