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The Weather Network – More rain, strong winds continue to hit Alberta and Saskatchewan


Rain relief finally seems to be on the horizon for Alberta after several days of prolonged rainfall. The soaker that started Monday is beginning to ease, while Saskatchewan will have another day of heavy rainfall before it gets a break on Thursday. All in all, there could still be 15-30mm of rain in some areas before the low season kicks off at the end of the week. In addition to the flood risk from the rain, strong wind gusts will rage through Wednesday. Below more about the consequences and what will happen next.


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WEDNESDAY: HEAVY RAIN STARTS LOWERING, FLOODS STILL LOCATE THREAT

A powerful low-pressure system that crossed the border on Monday will continue with effects on the western Prairies for a day or so before it sets off. Rain warnings are still in effect for much of southern Alberta and central Saskatchewan.

The system is bringing in huge amounts of rain, with 100+mm locally not out of the question for some of the toughest areas by the time it ends.

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The heaviest rain bands through Wednesday will focus on the Alberta, Saskatchewan border, with only sustained showers forecast in southern Alberta, where 60-70mm of rain has been reported locally so far. 15-30 mm extra rain for municipalities along the provincial borders.

Also, widespread gale-force north-northwesterly winds will continue through Wednesday, with gusts of 70-80+ mph for Alberta and Saskatchewan. Some local showers of 90+ km/h are possible.

There were numerous reports of fallen trees in parts of Alberta on Tuesday.

The driving rain will continue to extend from western Saskatchewan to northern Manitoba through Wednesday, then ease into scattered showers on Thursday.


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There is also a chance of moderate thunderstorms in the region on Wednesday.

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Any shape will remain under the strict criteria, but conditions may favor funnel clouds with some storms in eastern Saskatchewan. Funnel clouds were reported in parts of southeastern Alberta on Tuesday.

There is still some uncertainty about where the highest precipitation totals will end, and some thunderstorms embedded in the system will also lead to additional precipitation totals.

Residents should therefore not be wary of the threat of flooding.

“For more information about potential flood impacts on your community, consult your municipality and the Province of Alberta (rivers.alberta.ca) for the latest information and recommendations,” Environment Canada and Climate Change (ECCC) said in the rain warning. issued for Calgary. “Severe downpours can cause flash flooding and water build-up on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Watch out for potential washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.”

The city of Calgary declared a local state of emergency on Monday afternoon as a precaution.

According to local media, Mayor Jyoti Gondek says this will help emergency services if evacuations are needed, but she does not foresee this being necessary at this time.

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The system will drop temperatures well below season by mid-June. After a seasonal weekend, daytime peaks in Calgary will drop mid-week to mid-teens.

PRTEMPWED

The active pattern continues in the long run, especially in Alberta. A few more showers are likely to begin this weekend with widespread showers and thunderstorms lasting through mid-next week. This will be very beneficial in replenishing groundwater and potentially wiping out drought for much of the region, but also a risk of flooding.

DROUGHT VERSUS. HEAVY RAIN: WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE PRAIRIES THIS SUMMER

A few days of very warm weather will spread from west to east across the southern prairies this weekend and early next week. High temperatures will reach the low to mid-30s in southern Saskatchewan on Saturday, in southern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba on Sunday, then in northwestern Ontario on Monday and possibly through Tuesday.

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Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest updates on conditions in the Prairies.

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