Environment Canada has released a special weather statement for the Kenora, Grassy Narrows, Wabaseemoong Independent Nation, Sioux Narrows, Nestor Falls and Morson areas.

A slow-moving front will arrive over northwestern Ontario tonight, that is expected to linger into Saturday night. Showers and isolated thunderstorms will occur along this front. General rainfall amounts are expected to be in the 30 to 40 millimetre range. Locally, higher amounts in excess of 50 mm are possible especially for areas that receive multiple thunderstorms.

“We could see heavy amounts of rain for the next 36 hours. By Saturday morning, we are looking at 60 mm of rain in some areas,” said Gerald Cheng, Meteorologist with Environment Canada.

“There will be some heavy downpours, there may be some localized flooding with the heavy rain expected in this short amount of time.”

On the other hand, the heavy rainfall is expected to help alleviate the high to extreme forest fire hazard in the district. A restricted fire zone and outdoor burning ban has been put in place by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Potentially, the heavy rainfall may help lift that outdoor burning ban in time for the May long weekend.

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Showers may help fire hazard

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