Weather alert Heavy rain on the way

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    Rain, rain — and more rain.

    That’s the weather picture for Thursday, Friday and possibly Saturday, Environment Canada is warning in an alert posted Wednesday afternoon.

    The forecaster’s special weather statement — in effect for the Châteauguay-La Prairie area, Laval, the Longueuil-Varennes area and the island of Montreal, as well as the Laurentians, the Quebec City area and other parts of the province — says: “A weather system will develop south of the Great Lakes on Thursday morning and begin to affect southern Quebec near midday. The rain will rapidly intensify Thursday evening with amounts between 40 and 50 millimetres through Friday morning. The precipitation will continue on Friday and some localities near and north of the St Lawrence could receive between 50 and 70 millimetres of rain.”

    The wind will also add to the misery, gusting from 20 km/h to 40 km/h on Thursday.

    To add to that deluge, Environment Canada is saying we could get significant rainfall on Saturday as well as windy conditions: “A low pressure system currently east of Florida may interact with the system that will affect Quebec, resulting in more rainfall over southern and central Quebec Saturday. It is still too early to specify specific amounts.”

    Then there is Sunday: The Weather Network is calling for mixed precipitation in the Montreal area, i.e. rain and snow, as the temperature hovers around the freezing mark for part of the day.

    Environment Canada advises everyone to continue to monitor their site for alerts and forecasts.