Let The Melt Begin

It’s not enough to generate any weather warnings, but we are expecting a big melt over the next couple of days, and the western end of the Ottawa Valley may get more rain than the rest of the region.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the area stretching from Deep River to Mattawa, along with Algonquin Park and Whitney.

The weather agency says those areas could see 15 to 25 millimeters of rain, from a system that's moving across northern Ontario.

Combined with the temperature of 7 degrees expected on Thursday, it's expected to mean a significant snow melt and localized ponding on streets and in low lying areas.

The rest of the Ottawa Valley isn't expecting quite as much rain, although the temperatures will be just as mild.

Meanwhile, parts of northern Ontario are under warnings, including the area stretching from Wawa to Thunder Bay, which could get 30 mm of rain.

Environment Canada says it will update the outlook today if necessary, and issue watches and warnings if they're needed.