Heavy rain and snow hit northern Ontario, warnings issued and flood concerns rise
Monday, April 14, 2014, 7:39 AM -
According to the calendar, spring is in full swing. According to Mother Nature, winter's not done yet.
"An approaching low pressure system will bring an area of heavy snow into the region this morning," says Environment Canada in a snowfall warning issued for parts of northern Ontario early Monday. "The snow is expected to taper off tonight. Tonight accumulations of 15 to 20 centimetres are expected."
This latest blast of snow prompted several school bus cancellations Monday morning due to poor road conditions.
"Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow," EC warns. "Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow."
Rainfall warnings have also been issued for regions extending from the Bruce Peninsula across Georgian Bay to Parry Sound and Algonquin, with upwards of 30 mm possible through the day.
Localized flooding in low lying areas is possible and residents are being urged to avoid washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.
"Avoid driving through water on roads," EC adds. "Even shallow fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle or a person away."
Volunteers have been piling sandbags amid forecasts of heavy rains in parts of Ontario and Quebec.
Residents in both provinces are nervously watching bloated rivers and creeks.
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In eastern Ontario, the city of Belleville declared a state of emergency due to the flood risk.
Officials say weekend rains weren't heavy enough to trigger large-scale flooding and water levels along the Moira River have now stabilized.
Several homes have seen some flooding, but there have been no evacuations.
Be sure to check back as we continue to monitor this system. For a list of watches and warnings, visit our Alerts page.