June 19, 2019 12:59 pm
Updated: June 20, 2019 12:46 pm

Rainfall warnings ended after downpour in Edmonton and west-central Alberta

WATCH ABOVE: A rainfall warning was in place for Edmonton and areas west of the city Thursday. Upwards of 75 mm of rain is expected by Friday.


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.

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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.”

READ MORE: Severe thunderstorm watches, warnings issued for Calgary, western Alberta

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.

READ MORE: Alberta weather: province continues to battle drought as summer begins

Environment Canada urged residents in the areas with the warnings to be alert and pay attention to road conditions.

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