Environment Canada issues special weather statement for Burlington, Oakville, Halton Hills, Milton, Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon

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A special weather statement is in effect for the regions of Halton and Peel beginning tonight and continuing into Saturday night.

Burlington, Oakville, Halton Hills, Milton, Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon could see rainfall amounts of 25 to 45 mm along with strong winds gusting between 70 and 90 km/hr, says Environment Canada.

A strong cold front will make its way through southern Ontario bringing rain and strong winds, according to the special weather advisory. Strong and gusty southwesterly winds are possible Saturday afternoon, while strong and gusty northwesterly winds are expected to set in by Saturday evening, particularly along the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.

Temperatures are expected to rapidly fall Saturday night allowing for light snow to develop in the wake of the cold front.

Wind and rainfall warnings are likely as this event draws closer, says Environment Canada.

The heavy rains and strong winds could cause local power outages. Loose objects may be tossed about and tree branches may break, warned Environment Canada. Flash floods due to heavy downpours, water pooling on roads and localized flooding in low-lying areas could also occur.

Some watersheds may respond with higher flows and water levels. As a result, local streams and rivers could become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges and dams. The public is advised to stay away from all watercourses.

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