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Updated: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:27:38 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Snow, rain, frigid temperatures expected on weekend

High winds tore down power lines and cracked utility poles in some areas, including in Trepassey on the southern Avalon Peninsula, NL. (© Courtesy of Clifford Doran)

High winds tore down power lines and cracked utility poles in some areas, including in Trepassey on the southern Avalon Peninsula, NL. (Courtesy of Clifford Doran) Courtesy of Clifford Doran

Last-minute shoppers will need to bundle up to stay dry this weekend as a messy mix of weather is expected across Canada Friday through Sunday.

Environment Canada has posted warnings and special weather statements forecasting a messy weekend for much of southern and eastern Ontario, southern and central Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

"We've got a train of storms that is going to move its way through the Great Lakes basin, specifically the lower Great Lakes," said CBC meteorologist Michelle Leslie.

Southern Ontario can expect a messy mix of freezing rain and snow on Friday, while the Ottawa Valley and eastern Quebec will see another 10 to 15 centimetres of snow.

Forecasters say regions affected by freezing rain could get as much as 5 mm of ice buildup in some areas.

On Saturday, light flurries and possible rain are expected for communities close to Lake Ontario.

More freezing rain is expected Sunday in southern Ontario through to Quebec.

Environment Canada said uncertainty exists regarding which areas will be most severely affected, "but it appears that areas along the highway 401 corridor have the greatest likelihood for significant freezing rain."

"There is a risk for widespread power outages due to fallen tree limbs and power lines. For areas farther north, there is also the possibility for significant snowfall and ice pellets from Lake Huron eastward to the Quebec border," forecasters said.

As the East Coast digs out from a big storm this week, a wallop of heavy snow and high winds is expected on the weekend. 

Meanwhile, Vancouver residents should expect to wake up Friday morning to five centimetres of snow and the temperature hovering near the freezing mark. North of Vancouver, eight to 10 centimetres of snow is expected with colder temperatures. Showers are expected on Saturday with warmer temperatures and rain in the forecast for Sunday.

Frigid conditions will continue in the Prairies Friday with temperatures reaching –25 C. A mixture of sun and clouds is expected on the weekend with a possibility of light flurries as the chilly temperatures remain.

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