The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – North Bay District is advising area residents that a Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is in effect for the District.

This indicates high flows, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for such users as snowmobilers and anglers but flooding is not expected.

A low-pressure system is forecast to bring mixed precipitation across Northeastern Ontario on Thursday before the temperature drops to near seasonal values (below freezing) province-wide heading into the weekend.

Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery at this time and, when combined with cold open water, pose a serious hazard. It is encouraged to keep away from watercourses and off water bodies which may have thinning, unsafe ice. The return to normal seasonal temperatures this weekend will slow melt and runoff.

The North Bay Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry District, including Temagami, Temiskaming Shores, Sturgeon Falls, Thorne/Eldee, Powassan and Port Loring are forecasted to receive 5 mm to 25 mm of precipitation and/or mixed precipitation by Thursday evening.

MNRF is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.