Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has issued a Water Safety Watershed Conditions Statement for a portion of Haliburton for a week. 

In effect until Wednesday, April 7th, the statement includes the District Municipality of Muskoka, the Territorial District of Parry Sound and a north-west portion in the County of Haliburton.

The Ministry said the recent increases in water levels and flow conditions are anticipated to remain over the next week as the snowpack continues to melt and the water moves through the system.

With rain, warmer temperatures and melting snow, banks and shorelines adjacent to water bodies can be extremely slippery and unstable. 

Ice conditions are unsafe.

MNRF also advises extreme caution when using forest access roads for outdoor activities as they may become seasonally inundated with water, are prone to washouts and may become impassible due to localized flooding.

Little precipitation, some 4 to 7mm, forecast for the next 2 weeks. Daytime highs for Wednesday to Friday of this week range between 6°C and -2°C while nighttime lows range between -3C and -9C. 

Temperatures are forecast to be above seasonal for 11 days, starting on Saturday, with daytime highs ranging between 8°C and 15C, and overnight lows ranging between 0°C and 4°C.