Environment Canada issues rainfall warning for WC area

WEST CARLETON – Adding their voice to the group of experts encouraging residents to prepare for the worst this weekend, Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning around 5 a.m. this morning (April 18) for Friday evening.

“Rain, heavy at times is expected,” Environment Canada released in a statement. “The frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb this rainfall. Some rain is already affecting portions of Central and Eastern Ontario early this morning but should move out by mid-morning. Rain is expected to redevelop this afternoon or evening and become heavier tonight into Friday. “

Rainfall amounts of 25 to 50 millimetres are possible by Friday evening. Periods of rain may continue into Saturday with additional amounts possible.

The precipitation is the result of a very slow moving trough of low pressure.

Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.