Significant rainfall for southern Kawarthas region Thursday through Friday

Rainfall amounts of 20-45 mm possible, with risk of thunderstorms by Thursday evening and gusty winds late Friday

Car on flooded road during heavy rain

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the southern Kawarthas region for significant rainfall Thursday (April 11) through Friday morning.

The special weather statement is in effect for southern Peterborough County, southern Kawartha Lakes, and Northumberland County.

Rain has overspread the area and will continue through Thursday night, with total rainfall amounts of 20 to 45 mm expected.

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A risk of thunderstorms will also develop Thursday afternoon into the evening and, for areas that receive thunderstorms, rainfall amounts may approach 50 mm locally by Friday morning. Rain is expected to taper to showers through Friday morning.

Northwesterly winds will intensify in behind the system late Friday afternoon into Friday night with gusts up to 80 km/h.

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.