It is going to be nothing but soggy weather in Toronto this weekend. Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for Toronto and southern Ontario on Friday, January 10, 2020, warning of heavy rains and strong winds on Saturday with the potential for freezing rain.

“Light rain or drizzle is expected to develop early this morning and become heavy early Saturday morning," the statement read.

The warning reveals that rainfall could reach up to 50 millimetres and will continue into Sunday morning. However, residents can expect to see the heaviest rainfall throughout Saturday. 

The statement also warns that freezing rain will be plaguing areas further from Lake Ontario, coating the area in an icy mess. The rain is also expected to turn into snow by Sunday.

According to CP24, Toronto Water’s “storm readiness plan” has already been put in place, and crews will be available throughout the weekend to respond to flooding calls, which are of concern as the storm draws nearer. 

Ontario will get so much rain on Saturday that The Weather Network has warned that some places could get their entire average rainfall for January in just 12 hours.

So if you are heading out this weekend, make sure to bring your best rain boots and an umbrella.

City staff is also cautioning Torontonians to “be patient” when calling 311 as higher than average call volumes are likely to result in significant delays.

Forestry crews will also be standing by to respond to calls about fallen trees and branches as winds continue to pick up. 

“Residents are asked to assist in clearing catch basins on their streets, where safe to do so if they become clogged, as clogged catch basins can result in street flooding and potentially in basement flooding,” the news release adds.

If you’ve got any big travel plans this Saturday, you might want to push them back as weather conditions are likely to make driving dangerous.

Stay dry, everyone.

*Cover photo used for illustrative purposes only. 

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