St. Thomas, February 1, 2019 - A break in the extreme cold conditions gripping Southern
Ontario is expected on Sunday and into early next week as a warm air mass moves
through the area. Environment Canada is calling for above freezing temperatures
and mixed precipitation with 5-10mm of rain forecast for Monday, prompting the Kettle
Creek Conservation Authority to issue a watershed conditions statement—water safety.
"The concern at this time is unsafe ice, slippery bank conditions," says Jennifer
Dow, water conservation supervisor for Kettle Creek Conservation Authority. "While
ice cover is extensive throughout the watershed this brief warm up and mixed precipitation
means there may be some run-off generated. That makes creek banks slippery and ice
unpredictable. Ice may become unstable in open bodies of water and may no longer
be thick enough to support recreational sport."
Parents should be especially diligent and keep children away from local waterways,
and flood plain areas.
Snow surveys conducted this week measured 50 mm of water equivalent in the snowpack.
"The brief warm spell combined with rain may generate some runoff, however, the
snowpack is not saturated allowing it to absorb some of the precipitation. No flooding
is expected at this time" says Dow.
Residents are advised to stay away from drainage ditches, culverts, streams, creeks,
retention ponds, and reservoirs. Residents are urged to exercise caution near open
water courses as slippery banks and fast-flowing water is very dangerous. Residents
are also encouraged to monitor their local conditions and take appropriate action.
KCCA will closely monitor local conditions and will provide any updates warranted.
This Watershed Conditions Statement—Water Safety will remain in effect until Tuesday,
February 5. For further updates log on to www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca or connect
with Kettle Creek Conservation Authority socially on Twitter @KettleCreekCA or on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/KettleCreekCa.
The Kettle Creek Conservation Authority issues three levels of messages:
- Watershed Conditions Statement: a general notice of weather conditions that could
pose a risk to personal safety or which have the potential to lead to flooding.
There are two variations of these:
- Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety: High flows, unsafe banks, melting
ice or other factors could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers,
canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected
- Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook: Early notice of the potential for
flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind
or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding
- Flood Watch: Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities,
emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
- Flood Warning: Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses
or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with
flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations