Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) is advising of the potential for flooding and/or high water conditions in area watercourses, anticipated to result from expected snowmelt and rainfall in the upcoming 2 to 4 days.
According to Environment Canada, the present winter storm is expected to result in 25 – 30 cm of total snowfall amounts. This winter storm is expected to move away from the Hamilton area tonight.
In combination with this significant accumulation of snow, above freezing temperatures are expected Monday with predicted temperatures ranging from -1 to +7 degrees Celsius (based on Environment Canada forecasts). In addition, Environment Canada and Canadian Meteorological Centre are currently predicting between 8 – 12 mm of precipitation for Sunday and Monday.
The forecasted above freezing temperatures and possible melting of the presently accumulating snowpack, in combination with the predicted precipitation amounts, have the potential to result in increased flows and water levels in all our streams.
The expected increased flows and water levels, in combination with rapidly changing stream conditions and slippery banks, have the potential to pose a significant hazard. Parents are advised to keep children and pets away from all area watercourses during this time.
The Hamilton Conservation Authority continues to monitor stream conditions closely and will issue further messages as required.