FLOOD RISK: Melting snow and rain forecast for Friday

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CORNWALL, Ontario - If your home is prone to flooding you only have a few hours to shore things up.

Above average temperatures and a deluge of rain is forecast for Friday and the Raisin Region Conservation Authority has issued a so-called "flood outlook statement" for the Cornwall area.

While things within the local watershed are normal for now, Friday could tell a different story.

"Many areas are experiencing above average snow pack conditions," said the RRCA. "The forecast warm temperatures may result in melting of some of this accumulated snow pack.  The combination of snowmelt and rain could result in significant amounts of runoff and may cause flooding and/or drainage issues in low-lying areas."

"Residents are advised to be cautions near dams, drains, ditches, creeks and rivers in the watershed."

The weather is expected to sour later today when mixed precipitation hits the region, followed by the rain on Friday.

The mercury is expected to reach as high as 8 C Friday, and 5 C on Saturday.

Gusty winds are possible too.

Organizations: Raisin Region Conservation Authority

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario

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