Saugeen Watershed: Flood Outlook – Thursday, March 16 to Wednesday, March 22nd

Day-time temperatures over the next two days are forecast upwards of +9°C and will be accompanied by 15 to 25mm of rain between Thursday evening and Friday. Warm temperatures and precipitation will accelerate melting of the remaining snowpack, resulting in rapid run-off into watercourses.

Snow surveys conducted Wednesday March 15, 2023 revealed on average 40mm of water held in the snowpack. While significant flooding is not expected, watercourses could reach or exceed bank-full conditions, with minor flooding in low-lying areas. More extensive flooding is possible should the region receive rainfall amounts greater than what is currently forecast.

High water levels, fast flowing water, and slippery conditions along watercourse banks are extremely dangerous. The public is reminded to stay away from all watercourses and structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams. Any remaining ice on our watercourses, during or following this event, will be unsafe to be on.

Saugeen Conservation staff will be closely monitoring the situation and will provide an update if conditions change.

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