Otonabee Conservation issued flood monitoring for all water bodies in the Otonabee region watershed on Friday.

Affected areas include the municipalities of Selwyn, Douro-Dummer, Asphodel-Norwood, Otonabee-South Monaghan, Cavan Monaghan, City of Kawartha Lakes, City of Peterborough and Trent Hills.

A strong cold front will move towards southern Ontario on Friday, bringing warmer temperatures, rain and strong winds.

Temperatures will be above normal for this time of year with a high of 6 degrees C on Friday and up to 13 degrees C on Saturday before dropping below zero on Saturday night. On Friday afternoon, rainfall of 10 to 15 mm could be recorded, with an additional 10 to 20 mm possible on Saturday.

With frozen ground conditions, the expected precipitation and potential heavy downpours, combined with warm temperatures and snowmelt, can cause minor flooding in low areas.

At a minimum, water accumulations on roads and in low areas and above normal water levels and flows can be expected, especially near culverts and bridges. Higher than normal water levels and flows will continue throughout the weekend as expected precipitation and snowmelt pour into our waterways.

Residents are advised to be extremely careful around all local lakes, rivers, streams and streams as the shores / riverbanks will be slippery and could be undermined, and currents will be strong. Roadside ditches, wetlands and other low lying areas can experience dangerous build-up conditions. Dams and other water control / supply structures are particularly dangerous and should always be avoided.

This flood watch will expire on Tuesday, December 13 at 4 p.m., unless otherwise specified.

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