Environment Canada has issued multiple weather alerts across Ontario for Wednesday, and they include extremely high-speed winds and freezing rain. Parts of southern Ontario can expect winds of up to 100km/h, while Algonquin and cottage country can expect freezing rain. The Ontario weather warnings are expected to cause damage and even flooding throughout the day.  

The winds are moving southwest and are expected to gain traction in the afternoon to evening, according to Environment Canada. They are part of a cold front that is blasting through the area.

The public is advised that winds this severe can cause power outages and structural damage to buildings, houses, and trees. 

It is reported that the strongest winds will be along Lake Erie's shore.

Kingston and Hamilton will also see high winds of up to 90 km/h, which can also cause damage.

The winds will be hitting in the afternoon and evening and throughout the night. The areas at highest risk are those along the shores of Lake Ontario. 

Cottage country will experience freezing rain this morning that may turn into snow. Algonquin is looking at a potential 10 centimetres by the evening, according to Environment Canada

It looks like it's going to be an intense day across the board across the province. People are already sharing their experiences on Twitter and it's looking brutal.

Flooding and high waves can be expected on the shores of the Great Lakes today and it looks like the waves have already started in some parts. 

Generally, southern Ontario is expecting rain, while further north, freezing rain is expected to turn into snow, according to The Weather Network.


Parts of Northern Ontario are having bus cancellations and school closures. You can find them here.

Some regions of Northern Ontario will even see between 20-30 centimetres of snow. Check out the map below to see more.

Meanwhile, the Toronto area can expect between 5-15 millimetres of rain, with temperatures of up to 10 C. 

With the speed of those winds, though, it will feel much colder. 

*Disclaimer: cover photo used for illustrative purposes only. 

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