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Local flooding possible with rain, melting snow

Last Updated Feb 20, 2018 at 6:05 am EDT

OTTAWA — A series of low pressure systems moving over the capital could conspire with unseasonably-warm temperatures to create localized flooding, this week.

Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning for Ottawa, Gatineau and all of eastern Ontario. By the time the rain ends on Wednesday afternoon, some areas could end up with as much as 30 to 50 millimetres of rain.

“The ground is still frozen, so it can’t absorb all the water,” said Jill Taylor, 1310 NEWS meteorologist. “Flooding will definitely be possible in the low-lying areas.”

Along with the rain, a major surge in warmth is expected to melt quite a bit of the snow on the ground. While Tuesday and Wednesday’s temperatures may not break records in Ottawa, they will come close.

“The record high for a February 20th is 9.7, set in 1994; our high today is nine,” explained Taylor. “We’ll be close to record-breaking, likely though records broken in several areas in southern and eastern Ontario with this warmth.”

Taylor expects the temperature will plunge back below freezing on Thursday.

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