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Heavy rain prompts flash flood concerns in Quebec

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:48 AM -

April showers are a sure sign of spring, but a moisture packed system has prompted some greater concerns.

"Beware of flash flood conditions in rivers and streams," warns Environment Canada in a rainfall warning for parts of Quebec.

"A moisture-laden Gulf low will bring rain, wind, and some wet snow to Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada over the next three days," says Weather Network meteorologist Gina Ressler.

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Moderate rainfall will advance across southern Ontario through Monday, reaching the Ottawa and Montreal regions through the evening hours.

"Rain associated with this system will begin this evening over southwestern Quebec and intensify overnight while spreading toward central and eastern Quebec," EC adds.

Up to 35 mm of rain is forecast in the hardest hit areas through Tuesday, which has increased the risk for flash flood conditions in rivers and streams, officials warn.

As temperatures hover around the freezing mark in eastern Quebec, significant snowfall amounts are possible over the north shore.

"It is however difficult to predict with any certainty snowfall and rainfall amounts as temperatures will hover near the freezing mark," EC says. "Snow could therefore be wet or become mixed with rain in some areas."

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