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Environment Canada urging eastern Ontario residents to be cautious ahead of Friday winter storm

Environment Canada meteorologists say you might want to reconsider any travel plans ahead of the holiday weekend.

A “special weather statement” has been issued for much of the Leeds-Grenville region, warning of a winter storm beginning Thursday evening.

“Precipitation may begin as rain or snow this evening before transitioning to rain overnight,” the statement reads. “A brief risk of freezing rain is possible during the transition. Temperatures are expected to plummet on Friday afternoon leading to a potential flash freeze.”

According to the statement, those falling temperatures will arrive alongside winds between 70 and 90 kilometres per hour, and heavy snow in some areas. Blizzard-like conditions might also affect places along the St. Lawrence River and northeast of Lake Ontario starting Friday afternoon.

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“Consider altering plans through the holiday weekend as travel conditions may become dangerous,” the statement continues. “Extensive utility outages are possible. Temperatures Friday night into the weekend will likely be the coldest of the season to date.”

Residents are being urged to prepare emergency plans and emergency kits with food, water, medicine, a flashlight and a first-aid kit. You can read the full statement on Environment Canada’s website.

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