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Heavy rain sweeps across western and northwestern Ontario

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Saturday, September 28, 2013, 5:33 PM -

Heavy rains continue to lash parts of western and northwestern Ontario, as a low pressure system pushes through the region. 

"A very slow moving cold front has brought 36 hours of moderate to heavy rain to the eastern Manitoba and western Ontario," explains Doug Gillham a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "Due to the slow motion of the front, thunderstorms and heavy rain trained over the same areas Friday and Friday night with steady rain continuing into Saturday." 

Rainfall warnings are in effect for a number of communities, including Kenora, Dryden and Sioux Lookout. At 3:37 p.m. EDT, Kenora had accumulated 82 mm of rain, with more on the way Saturday evening.

Rainfall Totals as up 5:00 pm EDT

Rainfall Totals as up 5:00 pm EDT

Forecasters say 50 to 75 mm of rainfall is expected in the Sandy Lake and Big Trout Lake - Kasabonika regions, before the system pushes eastward. 

"This front will slowly track east during the night and approach Southern Ontario on Sunday," says Gillham. "However, the front will weaken as it does so and only scattered showers are expected late Sunday into Sunday night for the GTA with little rain expected across Eastern Ontario. 

Residents are advised to exercise caution as visibility can become low at times. 

Be sure to visit our Alerts page to keep updated with all watches and warnings.

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