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More than 50 mm of rain in less than 12 hours are possible over Alberta's foothills this weekend

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Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 8:23 PM -

The long weekend is off to a wet start across parts of Alberta

A low pressure system moving in from British Columbia will continue to bring heavy rain over the foothills this weekend. 

"Yup, you guessed it. May long weekend + Alberta = heavy rain," Environment Canada (EC) posted on its website Friday morning.

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There are currently no severe thunderstorm watches or warnings in place in the region, although has EC issued a special weather statement for much of the Alberta foothills, warning of significant rainfall this long weekend.

"Rainfall totals are expected to reach between 40 and 70 mm by Monday afternoon," said EC in the statement. "Due to the convective nature of the system, localized accumulations of more than 50 mm in less than 12 are possible, however at this time, warnings are not likely to be issued."

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EC adds that the highest accumulations are expected to be in an area bordered by Sundre, Rocky Mountain House and Nordegg. 

With heavy rainfall forecast for the long weekend, High River officials issued a rainfall advisory Friday morning, warning residents to stay away from the Highwood River. 

Be sure to check back as we bring you the latest updates on this developing system. 

With files from CBC

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