With the first week of the new year off to a mild start, an advisory is being issued by the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.
The forecast could cause minor runoff into watershed streams, rivers and ditches with water levels expected to peak overnight and stay elevated for the rest of the week.
Since Monday night, the Upper Thames region has received between 2 and 10 mm of rain and another 10 mm is expected to fall by the end of Tuesday.
They’re not concerned about flooding, but UTRCA Communication Specialist Eleanor Heagy tells AM980 residents are advised to stay away from frigid and fast-moving waterways.
“All the streams and rivers are going to be running a little bit high and we expect them to stay high through the end of the week,” said Heagy. “The water is extremely cold, stream-banks are icy and muddy and slippery, and if there’s any ice on any rivers then that’s probably going to be very very thin and not fast, so make sure everyone stays away from the water including pets, they also are at risk.”
Heagy notes this is pretty typical for this time of year.
“You always get freeze/thaw, freeze/thaw, and this winter so far we’ve had snow and then we lost it, and then snow again and we lost it, so it’s the kind of thing that certainly does happen, so we’re expecting that if you go out and look at some of the streams, they’ll probably be similar flows to what we had after Boxing Day last week,” she said.
This mild spell won’t last long, as forecasters are predicting the temperature will drop down to minus 10 by Wednesday night.