Environment Canada officials say freezing rain is expected or occurring across Chatham-Kent and a warning has been put in place.

“Freezing rain expected tonight. A band of snow will move through the regions this evening with 2 to 5 cm of snow. The snow will change over to a period of freezing rain this evening. The freezing rain may last several hours before changing over to rain overnight,” forecasters say.

“The freezing rain is associated with a Colorado low tracking northeast across Lake Huron and Georgian Bay Wednesday. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Slow down driving in slippery conditions. Watch for taillights ahead and maintain a safe following distance.”

Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces, forecasters say.

A special weather statement remains in place as well, as snow and freezing rain is expected tonight into Wednesday, then a brief thaw with strong winds and rain.

A brief thaw will arrive with temperatures soaring several degrees above freezing.

Strong southwesterly winds gusting to 70 or 80 km/h are also expected later Wednesday

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.