(Dana Haggith)

A freezing rain warning has been put in place in Chatham-Kent, as freezing rain is forecast to begin near midnight.

Environment Canada officials say precipitation will begin as snow this evening.

“Snow will change briefly to ice pellets, with 2 to 4 cm accumulation, before changing to freezing rain overnight,” forecasters say.

“Freezing rain amounts could be significant with amounts of 5 to 15 mm possible. The freezing rain should transition to straight rain by noon on Tuesday. This freezing rain is associated with a Colorado low that will cross Southern Ontario Tuesday and Wednesday.”

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous, forecasters say.

“Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break. Beware of branches or electrical wires that could break under the weight of ice. Utility outages may occur.”

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

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