Water Level Management Update – Sunday, March 31, 2019
The total amounts of mixed precipitation recorded across the watersheds for the past 36 hours were 20-40 mm. The weather forecast for next 5 days is predicting small precipitation amounts close to 5 mm rain and 5 cm of snow with warmer air temperatures early next week.
Moderate rainfall preceded with warm temperatures have, for the most part, primed the snow to be ready to run off and also resulted in the ongoing snowmelt and runoff across most of the watersheds. Water levels and outflows have increased and are expected to increase at all locations due to the precipitation and ongoing snow melt and runoff from rain. Trent Severn Water Management team will be active and the changing conditions will be closely monitored. Any watershed conditions updates will be released by your Conservation Authority or local Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources district.
Haliburton and Northern Areas
Most of the reservoir lakes remain at their respective winter set dam configuration. Water levels on the lakes in general are well below average and have increased from moderate snowfall amounts. Flows on the Gull remain above average for this time of year while and Burnt River flows are below average and are increasing from the local runoff. Current snowpack is measured to vary from above average in some areas to average for this time of the year and is slowly receding with warm temperatures and localized melt.