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Heavy rain, strong winds and the threat of thunderstorms in Ontario this weekend

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    Friday, November 15, 2013, 2:59 PM -

    Heavy rain is forecast to fall across parts of northern Ontario this weekend increasing the risk for flooding in  some communities.

    The Ministry of Natural Resources is warning residents that high water levels in local rivers and lakes may increase.

    MNR says the potential for flooding exists early next week with upwards of 30 mm of rain expected over the next several days.

    Residents in low lying areas are being advised to move to protect property.

    The heavy rain is part of the same system bringing heavy snow to parts of BC and Alberta.

    "The system will merge with a developing Colorado Low and will rapidly intensify as it tracks into Ontario Saturday night through Sunday night," says Doug Gillham, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "There is also the threat for a squall line with strong to severe thunderstorms across southwestern Ontario. Over northern Ontario, the rain will end as a period of snow. This low will track across Quebec and eventually bring rain and strong winds to the Maritimes for Monday."


    Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for a large part of southern Ontario, warning of strong winds during the bottom half of the weekend.

    "Fair weather and mild temperatures are expected over southern Ontario Saturday," the weather agency says. "On Sunday, brisk southerly winds will cause temperatures to rise into the mid-teens. Showers are likely at times Sunday."

    Gusty winds and the potential for thunderstorms will move into the region Sunday evening as a cold front moves through.

    The conditions are expected to persist into Monday.

    Visit the Alerts section of the website to keep on top of watches and warnings across the country.

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