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Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety
North Bay District
Thursday, March 25, 2021 12:00pm
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – North Bay District, is advising arearesidents that a Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety is in effect in the District until Monday, March 29, 2021.
Residents in the North Bay District should exercise special caution around rivers and streams. Continued warm temperatures along with forecasted precipitation throughout the district is expected to increase melting, resulting in increased runoff and increased levels and flows. Please alert and monitor any children under your care to these possible dangers and supervise their activities. Although flooding is not anticipated based on current
conditions, special caution should be exercised around rivers and streams.
The ministry is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.
Description of Weather System
The North Bay District is forecast to see a continued warm spell today with temperatures cooling off on Friday, along with precipitation starting tonight moving into Friday. During this period the district is expected to see daytime highs between 0°C and 9°C with nighttime lows between -2°C and -7°C. Forecasted precipitation includes 2-9mm of rain beginning tonight and 5-10cm of snow on Friday as temperatures decrease.
Description of Current Conditions
There is still significant snowpack across the district and lakes are still frozen. Warm temperatures and forecast precipitation will result in the continuation of spring melt and produce runoff across the district.
Risks may include degradation of river ice and ice jam related flooding from increasing temperatures and flows, fast moving cold water with rapidly changing conditions, and flooding of low-lying areas with a history of flooding.
• WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY: indicates that high
flows, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for such users as boaters,
anglers and swimmers but flooding is not expected.
• WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – FLOOD OUTLOOK: gives early notice
of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow
melt, high winds or other conditions
• FLOOD WATCH: potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and
• FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses
• Surface Water Monitoring Centre public webpage www.ontario.ca/flooding
• Environment Canada bulletins: www. weather.gc.ca
• A close watch on local conditions and weather forecasts from Environment Canada is recommended.
Shannon Page, North Bay District Office, 705-493-0632 www.ontario.ca/mnrf