Weather – Warmer Weather and Risk of Rain or Drizzle

Flood Outlook Statement by Lakehead Region Conservation Authority has been issued
Flood Outlook Statement by Lakehead Region Conservation Authority has been issued

THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – From Tuesday night until Thursday, Environment Canada is calling for Thunder Bay and district to see warmer weather with temperatures during the day above freezing.

There are periods of rain or drizzle expected to begin later this evening. While there are no weather advisories or watches in effect weather-wise, the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority has issued a Flood Outlook Statement.

The LRCA reports, “Temperatures are expected to rise with light precipitation starting overnight on Tuesday. Approximately 20 to 35 millimetres of precipitation is forecasted with rainfall intensifying through the day on Wednesday and finally tapering off on Thursday, overnight into Friday.

“The public is advised to be aware that there is a threat of localized ponding in low lying areas from possible heavy rain, prolonged rain, and/or snowmelt.”

There are concerns for localized flooding due to the frozen ground that leaves nowhere for the meltwater to go.

Across the city, there will likely be a risk for pedestrians, and drivers with many parts of the city having the storm sewers still blocked by ice and snow. Check the closest storm sewer opening near your house to see if it’s covered in snow. If you can’t clear it please contact 625-2195. Storm sewers have been upgraded to handle additional capacity but may need to be cleared in order to work.

Cross many streets means crossing small to large puddles. For drivers, please take the time to be aware of puddles that can hide potholes. Those puddles can also mean careless drivers will be splashing pedestrians.