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Environment Canada: Heavy rain expected for Kingston and area

Those in the Kingston, Napanee, and Picton areas should be prepared for significant rainfall beginning this afternoon, according to Environment Canada.

Photo by Aleksey Malinovski.

The national weather agency issued a special weather statement just before 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, advising of an incoming low pressure system. Specifically, the weather statement is in effect for the Kingston, Odessa, Frontenac Islands, Napanee, Consecon, Picton, and Sandbanks Park areas.

“Rain will move in from the southwest late this afternoon as a low pressure system approaches. Rainfall amounts of 20 to 30 mm are expected by the time the rain tapers to a few showers Wednesday morning,” Environment Canada said, noting that higher rainfall amounts of 30 to 40 mm of rain are possible in areas where heavy downpours occur during thunderstorms.

“Heavy downpours may cause ponding of water on poorly drained sections of highways,” the special weather statement reads.

“Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destination.”

Low-lying areas here in Kingston, such as the CN Rail underpass on Gardiners Road or stretches of Front Road and King Street East along the waterfront, may be subject to flooding should heavy downpours occur. Please exercise caution on all roadways during this heavy rainfall, particularly in those areas known to flood easily.

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