It might not be spring yet, but heavy rainfall is on the way across the province. Ontario flood watches are currently being put in place as several areas are expected to get 25 millimetres of rain throughout Tuesday. Residents are going to want to bust out their umbrellas and boots as flood watches and warnings have swept across several cities, including London and Parry Sound.

Lower Thames Conservation released a statement on March 7,  warning of the heavy showers. 

"There is a risk of shoreline damage and erosion all along the Lake Erie shoreline in Chatham-Kent and Elgin County. Along Erie Shore Drive, some flooding should be expected over the coming days. Residents should pay attention to local conditions and be prepared," reads the statement. 

Kingston’s Cataraqui Conservation also released a statement on March 6, 2020, due to the weather forecast. 

The news release cautions residents to avoid going near the area’s dams and fast-flowing watercourses as the heavy rain could make for dangerous conditions.

“Respect the hazards in these areas by obeying all warning signs, keeping away from booms, buoys, and barriers. Stay well back from the water’s edge above and below dams and hydroelectric stations. Creek banks and lake shorelines may be slippery, increasing the chance of falling in,” reads the statement by the group.

“Widespread flooding is not expected at this time. However, localized inundation of low-lying areas is likely. If you witness flooding and/or require assistance, your first point of contact is the local municipality,” it adds.

According to The Weather Network, the widespread rain could turn into light snow in areas near Algonquin Park and the Ottawa Valley due to a sudden temperature drop.

However, it won’t last long as no accumulation is expected as a result of the snowfall.

A series of freezing rain warnings have also been issued across Ontario.

“Rain will continue for a few more hours early this morning before transitioning to a brief period of snow late this morning or early this afternoon as temperatures fall rapidly behind a cold front," reads a statement from Environment Canada.

"During this transition, there is the risk of a brief period of freezing rain, particularly over areas north and east of Georgian Bay.” 

Environment Canada warned on Monday that Toronto could get up to 10 centimetres of snow ahead of a warm front that is expected to bring double digits highs to the area.

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