Fifty millimeters of rain fell overnight in La Ronge and there’s more precipitation on the way.
That’s according to Environment Canada meteorologist John Paul Cragg, who said the tri-communities could experience up to 90 millimeters of rain before it tapers off later today. The rainfall warning currently in place, he noted, is activated whenever an area is expected to receive at least 50 millimeters of rain in a 24-hour period. Heavy rain is in the forecast for La Ronge until this afternoon with a chance of a thunderstorm developing as well, Cragg said.
“There are some possibilities of thunderstorms coming through the area, which could enhance rainfall locally this afternoon,” he said. “The lower pressure system bringing the rainfall to … La Ronge helped to spawn tornadoes and strong thunderstorms through southern Saskatchewan. There were four confirmed tornadoes.”
As for the risk of flooding, Cragg added the good aspect of the rainfall in La Ronge is its occurring slower than it would in a severe thunderstorm. Flooding is still a possibility, he said, as other communities which experienced similar accumulation in the past have had issues.
“If you are in an area of La Ronge prone to flooding, you might want to take precautions,” Cragg said.
Sunny skies are expected in the coming days, however, with Thursday and Friday expected to reach 28 Celsius and 29 C respectively. Environment Canada is forecasting more showers for Saturday.
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