Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety  Pembroke District

Thursday, April 01, 2021 – 10:00am

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Pembroke District is advising area residents that the Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety that is in effect in the District has been extended until Thursday, April 08, 2021.
Residents in Renfrew County should be aware that ice on area lakes is becoming unsafe and water levels and flows in rivers are increasing due to warmer temperatures, forecast precipitation and the remaining snow melting. It is advised to exercise caution near lakes and rivers and to keep a close watch on children and pets at all times to ensure that everyone stays safe.
The ministry is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Description of Weather System
The next 5 days will be cooler and closer to seasonable with temperatures on most days above zero during the day and below zero at night with less than 10mm of rain forecast.
Description of Current Conditions
The remaining snow around the County is continuing to melt and many areas are now snow-free. Lakes and rivers continue to show levels and flows that are average for this time of year and flood thresholds are not expected to be reached at this time based on current forecasts.
The ice is thinning on large lakes throughout the County and rivers and streams are opening as the ice melts. As the ice on lakes and rivers melts, it can be expected that water levels will respond accordingly.
DEFINITIONS
• WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY: indicates that high flows, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for such users as boaters, anglers and swimmers but flooding is not expected.
• WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – FLOOD OUTLOOK: gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions
• FLOOD WATCH: potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities
• FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.
LEARN MORE
• Surface Water Monitoring Centre public webpage www.ontario.ca/floodforecast
• Environment Canada bulletins: www. weather.gc.ca
• A close watch on local conditions and weather forecasts from Environment Canada is recommended.
Christina Davis, Pembroke District Office, 613-401-2467
ontario.ca/mnrf
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