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Four days of extreme weather expected for Manitoba beginning Saturday

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Saskatoon and surrounding areas, 50-80 mm expected by Saturday.
A storm forecast to hit Manitoba Saturday is expected to drop up to 60 millimeteres of rain. File / Global News

The province is warning weather conditions that may result in high water began Saturday night could last until mid-week.

The Hydrologic Forecast Centre of Manitoba Infrastructure reports heavy rain and wind that could produce overland flooding.

Areas of concern include northern regions and southeast Manitoba, with the risk remaining low in most other areas of the province.

Northwestern parts of the province along the Saskatchewan River system and Churchill River system saw heavy rain beginning Saturday.

The weather was volatile in and near The Pas Sunday, Mayor Herb Jacques said in a phone interview.

The wind is blowing pretty strong and we’re getting some rain… when I was outside it almost felt like freezing rain,” Jacques said. “Definitely not a great day to be outside.”

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The Saskatchewan River that runs through the northern town was already higher than normal this time of year, Jacques noted, but said he hasn’t been warned of any potential flooding in the area.

Subjected areas could see up to 60 millimetres of precipitation throughout the week.

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Southern areas such as the Whiteshell could receive 20 to 40 mm.

The province reports most Whiteshell lakes are at the optimum level for this time of year and aren’t at risk for flooding.

The Red River basin could receive up to 50 mm of precipitation, however, there is no concern over highwater in the basin as the Red River has adequate capacity, according to the province.

Storm activity in southern and southeastern Manitoba is expected to continue throughout Sunday and Monday, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Mike Russo.

Heavy rain and winds are expected to ease early Wednesday.

— with files from Erik Pindera