THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – The forecast is calling for rain. Environment Canada is calling for rain for much of Northwestern Ontario, and there are rainfall warnings in effect for Fort Frances, Emo, Rainy River, Seine River Village and Mine Centre.
The cool temperatures across the southern half of Northwestern Ontario had many people wondering if they should turn on their furnaces, and in equal numbers of cases refusing to do that because it is the middle of June.
Rainfall warning in effect for:
- Fort Frances – Emo – Rainy River
- Seine River Village – Mine Centre
Rainfall – overnight to after midnight Monday.
Rain, at times heavy, is expected. The ground, already near saturation, has little ability to absorb further rainfall.
The Fort Frances – Rainy Lake region has reported about 15 to 20 mm of rain overnight. Another 30 to 40 mm is expected today with an additional 5 mm tonight. Total rainfall amounts are forecast to be near 50 mm or more with this event. Locally higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms.
Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Avoid driving through water on roads. Even shallow fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle or a person away. Don’t approach washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.
Rainfall Warnings are issued when significant rainfall is expected.
Special weather statement in effect for:
- City of Thunder Bay
- Atikokan – Shebandowan – Quetico Park
- Upsala – Raith
- Savant Lake – Sturgeon Lake
- Sioux Lookout – Eastern Lac Seul
- Dryden – Vermilion Bay
- Ignace – English River
- Ear Falls – Perrault Falls – Western Lac Seul
- Red Lake – Woodland Caribou Park
Significant rainfall continuing today and ending tonight.
A low pressure system from the northern plain states will continue to bring rain to Northwestern Ontario today and tonight. Rain could be heavy at times.
Latest indications suggest that most areas are likely to receive a total of 20 to 30 mm of rain, with 30 to 40 mm expected over the Kenora – Nestor Falls and Dryden – Ignace regions. Locally higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms. Gusty winds are also possible with these thunderstorms.
A rainfall warning is in effect for Fort Frances – Rainy Lake since they have already reported 15 to 20 mm overnight. With additional rainfall today, they are likely to exceed the rainfall warning criteria of 50 mm or more in 24 hours or less.