Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for the Stratford area, with a major storm expected to bring 25-50 mm of rain Thursday and Friday.
The storm system will along bring rising temperatures to southern Ontario and strong winds.
Rain is expected to begin over Southwestern Ontario near midday Thursday then spread eastward to the Golden Horseshoe Thursday afternoon reaching the Kingston area early Thursday evening. There is a chance that a brief period of snow, freezing rain or ice pellets may precede the rain as temperatures rise from just below freezing to above.
In addition, thunderstorms will be possible and may result in locally higher rainfall amounts. Significant snow melt due to the rising temperatures will also be a concern.
As the rain comes to an end from west to east Friday, winds will increase out of the southwest with gusts to 70 or 80 km/h possible, particularly along the great lake shores.