Manitoba’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre advises that spring run-off due to snowmelt has started in most of the southern Manitoba basins.

River ice conditions are expected to weaken and users should be cautious when venturing onto the ice.

Water levels on the Red River continue to rise approximately one foot per day. The Red River is expected to peak at Emerson between March 18 to 21. The Red River is expected to remain within its banks and the forecast peak will not require the use of the floodway.

Run-off on the Assiniboine and Qu’Appelle rivers, and the upper Assiniboine river (Shellmouth basin) is expected to begin later this week.

Manitoba’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre released its first spring thaw outlook on Feb. 26.