Province issues flood watch after west, north hit hard with rain

The province has issued a flood watch advisory, as rainfall and winter snowfall warnings blanketed parts of northern Manitoba Tuesday.

Rain, soggy conditions could lead to flooding in northern Manitoba

The Hydrologic Forecast Centre of Manitoba Infrastructure issued a flood watch advisory for parts of southwest, west, north and northeast Manitoba after heavy rains. (CBC)

The province has issued a flood watch advisory, as rainfall and winter snowfall warnings blanketed parts of northern Manitoba Tuesday.

The watch comes after major storms moved into the southwest, west, north and northeast, including in Duck Mountain Provincial Park, Swan River and The Pas.

Major storms in the west and southwest have already dumped 70 to 100 millimetres of rain in Riding Mountain Provincial Park, Virden and Dauphin, with another 10 to 20 mm expected later Tuesday.

The Pas, as well as the northern reaches of Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg, are expected to get hit the hardest. Environment Canada is predicting between 80 to 120 mm of rain could fall in the area.

Swan River has already taken on 20 to 30 mm of rain; an additional 30 to 50 mm is expected in the area.

Moist ground conditions could make for overland flooding, as rain could spill up over river banks and streams.

A flood watch is a slightly less severe category of weather advisory compared to a warning. A watch is meant to alert members of the public about conditions that are favourable for storms or severe weather. 

A warning is an"urgent message that severe weather is either occurring or will occur," according to Environment Canada.