Heavy Rain Expected Wednesday In To Thursday

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We’ve been telling you about a big rain storm heading our way since last week, and now it’s on our door step.

Heavy rain associated with a fairly large low pressure system will begin to sweep in overnight with clouds with periods of rain developing early Wednesday morning. The storm is producing heavy snow in parts of Northern Ontario . Snow isn’t expected to hit us however but,  heavy rain will. Up to 30mm is expected locally prompting Environment Canada to issue a Special Weather Statement for the area.

The warm temperatures coupled with heavy rain is likely to reduce the snow pack considerably by the week end. But early computer models indicate Winter isn’t willing to end just yet with two potential storms that could plunge us back into a Winter pretty quickly.

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Special weather statement in effect for:

Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay
Locally heavy rain Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday night.

Locally heavy rainfall is forecast to develop Wednesday afternoon and continue into Wednesday evening before tapering to showers Wednesday night. Rainfall amounts of 15 to 30 mm are expected, and thus a Rainfall warning using the criteria of 25 mm within 24 hours may be needed as the event draws nearer.

The rain will combine with unseasonably mild temperatures to result in significant and rapid snow melt across the area. Ponding of water on roads and localized flooding in low lying areas particularly near rivers and creeks is likely.

Please refer to your local Conservation Authority or the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for the latest information regarding river water levels.