News Heavy rainfall could cause localized flooding in low-lying areas SHARE ON: Stu Campaigne, staff Wednesday, Apr. 17th, 2019 Environment has issued a special weather statement. (diego_torres, pixabay.com) Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning, in effect for: West Nipissing – French River North Bay – Powassan – Mattawa Rain, heavy at times is expected. The frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb this rainfall. Rain will develop this evening or overnight and continue into Friday night. The heaviest rain is expected Thursday afternoon and evening. Total rainfall amounts of 30 to 50 mm are possible by Friday morning. Periods of rain will continue Friday with an additional 20 to 30 mm of rainfall possible before tapering to scattered showers Friday night. This rainfall is the result of a Colorado Low that will track over Northeastern Ontario on Thursday. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Do not approach washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts and keep children and pets away from creeks and river banks. 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.