Muskoka To-DAILY

Fog sign that flooding will continue into weekend

PARRY SOUND-MUSKOKA — If you’re in a fog over warming temperatures and rain, watch out the next few days and into the weekend.

In their latest update at 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Ministry of Natural Resources says “additional or prolonged flooding will occur in the flood zones of many rivers and lakes in the region.

They say the recent warm air temperatures and rainfall have accelerated the melting rate of the remaining snow pack, with an increased runoff into local waterbodies, they say in a news bulletin.

High water levels or flooding will occur over the next 24-48 hours within LakeMuskoka and the MoonRiver, as part of the lower MuskokaRiver sub-watershed.

Residents are advised to keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and exercise caution around rivers and lakes as high water levels and flows continue. There is the potential for higher water levels and flows than what is currently being experienced.

They say you may wish to take action to protect property in flood-prone or vulnerable areas, as they closely monitor the weather and developing watershed conditions.

They say that as usual further updates to this Flood Warning will be issued as appropriate.

The current weather forecast through to Saturday April 26 is for daytime temperatures in the range of 5-10 degrees Celsius with near freezing nighttime temperatures.

Tuesday’s forecast is calling for a range of 3-30mm of rainfall Friday through Saturday.

A significant amount of the remaining snowpack has melted in recent days due to warm air temperature and rainfall, increasing the runoff into local river systems.

As well, a significant amount of snow still remains within local watersheds at higher elevation areas including the western slopes of AlgonquinPark; the headwaters of some local river systems.

They say forecasted temperatures and rainfall will continue to melt the remaining snow pack with continued runoff into local river systems and lakes.

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