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Risk of freezing rain, icy conditions for Friday

Last Updated Jan 12, 2018 at 7:08 am EDT

The wet roads could soon turn to ice rinks as the relatively balmy temperatures turn frigid by Friday evening.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for Toronto and the GTA warning of the potential for icy conditions.

“Rain is forecast to change to snow Friday as temperatures plummet with the passage of a cold front,” said the weather agency.

“There may also be a brief period of freezing rain during the changeover from rain to snow.”

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said showers will continue until around 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. and then change to freezing rain around noon. Snow is expected to arrive at 2 p.m. and last until 6 p.m. — around three centimetres of snow is possible.

The GTA started the day at 12 C but the temperature will fall to -14 by the evening with a windchill near -27.

Meanwhile, Thursday was the warmest Jan. 11 on record in Toronto. The mercury reached 12.4 C at Pearson International Airport, which snapped the previous high of 11.7 C set in 1975.