Significant rainfall coming to the Kawarthas this afternoon and tonight

Environment Canada forecasting 20 to 40 mm of rain by Friday morning

Cars in heavy rain

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, and Hastings, forecasting significant rainfall during the day and overnight on Thursday (May 9).

A strong low pressure system over northeastern Ontario will be preceded by rain, which will begin around noon on Thursday before tapering to scattered showers on Friday.

Total rainfall amounts of 20 to 40 millimetres are possible, with the heaviest rain falling on Thursday afternoon and evening.

The ground, already near saturation, has a lessened ability to absorb further rainfall. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

For information concerning flooding, please consult your local conservation authority or Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry District Office.