This morning’s special weather statement for Montreal has ended but Environment Canada isn’t about to let us go dry as the weather website has issued a rainfall warning for the island and its surrounding areas.
The alert warns that rain, “heavy at times” is expected.
Because the ground is already wet, it will have little ability to absorb further rainfall, as per Environment Canada.
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Rainfall amounts of 30 to 50 millimetres are expected over the issued regions from Friday through Saturday.
“Avoid driving through water on roads. Even shallow, fast-moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle or a person away,” recommends Environment Canada. “Don’t approach washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.”
Combined with melting snow on the ground, the alert warns that the upcoming rainfall can accelerate the spring freshet process, a rush of fresh water flowing into specific areas.
The warning, which was issued on Thursday afternoon, is in effect for the following areas:
- Châteauguay – La Prairie area
- Laval area
- Longueuil – Varennes area
- Montréal Island area
Environment Canada urges citizens to monitor weather alerts for updates and to stay diligent when travelling.