Editor’s Note: The rainfall warning ended on Thursday morning
Environment Canada issued rainfall warnings for a number of areas in west-central Alberta on Wednesday, including the Capital Region.
On Wednesday morning, areas including Drayton Valley, Rocky Mountain House, Nordegg and Whitecourt were placed under the warning.
It was expanded to include the Capital Region — including Edmonton, St. Albert and Sherwood Park — just before 2 p.m.
The areas under the warning could see as much as 75 mm of rain before Friday, Global News meteorologist Jesse Beyer said.
“This could lead to localized flooding in communities in the warned zone.”
According to the alert from Environment Canada, the conditions are being caused by a “Pacific feed of moisture in combination with a developing low-pressure system over central Alberta.”
The weather agency is warning of possible flash floods and pooling of water in low-lying areas. The conditions could result in snow at higher elevations as well, it warned.
As of 10:30 Wednesday morning, there was a snowfall warning in effect for Jasper National Park.
Most of the rain was originally expected to miss Edmonton, Beyer said, but the capital was still told to expect some rainfall over the next few days.
“We should be looking at warmer and drier conditions by Saturday in Edmonton,” he said.
Environment Canada urged residents in the areas with the warnings to be alert and pay attention to road conditions.
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