Conservation Halton advises that a weather system will be passing through our jurisdiction starting Friday and continuing until early Sunday. Current forecasts are highly variable at this time but suggest precipitation amounts could range between 50 and 75 mm. Warming temperatures will result in rain throughout the day Friday with amounts increasing overnight into Saturday. Air temperatures are expected to drop overnight Saturday and may result in additional freezing rain and/or ice pellets.
Widespread flooding is not anticipated. Ice cover within our local watercourses is minimal at this time and the risk of ice jam flooding is considered low with this event. Our reservoirs are still in range of our seasonal holding levels and have storage capacity available. However, fast flowing water and flooding of low lying areas and natural floodplains may be expected. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should be on alert.
Conservation Halton is asking all residents and children to keep a safe distance from all watercourses and structures such as bridges, culverts and dams. Cold temperatures, elevated water levels, fast flowing water, and slippery conditions along stream banks continue to make these locations extremely dangerous. Please alert children in your care of these imminent dangers.
Conservation Halton will continue to monitor stream flow and weather conditions and will issue further messages as necessary.
This Flood Outlook Statement will be in effect through Monday January 13, 2020.