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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – North Bay District, is advising area residents that a Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is in effect in the District
until Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

Residents in the North Bay District should exercise special caution around rivers and streams. Please alert and monitor any children under your care to these possible dangers and supervise their activities. The warm temperatures forecasted for the next several days are likely to increase melting across the district, resulting in increased runoff and increased levels and flows. 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.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Description of Weather System
The North Bay District is expected to see an unseasonal warm spell over the next several days with daytime highs from 3°C to 13°C and nighttime lows from -6°C to 3°C. There is no precipitation forecast in the district over the weekend, however rain showers are expected to begin mid-next week.

Description of Current Conditions
There is still significant snowpack across the district and lakes are still frozen. Warmer weather and rainfall will see rivers and streams respond accordingly.

DEFINITIONS
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 municipalities
FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.
LEARN MORE
• 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.

PDF – Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety – North Bay District

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