Alberta Environment warns of possible flooding due to warm up
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2:56 PM -
Albertans are being told to prepare for possible flooding due to a significant jump in temperatures over the next few days.
Alberta Environment has issued a flood alert, warning parts of the province to brace for significant run-off in the coming days.
Mild temperatures returned to southern portions of the region Friday, and that trend is forecast to continue into the long-range.
"A more aggressive warm-up is expected Tuesday into Wednesday across southern Alberta and Saskatchewan," says Weather Network meteorologist Gina Ressler.
Officials warn that rapid snow melt could lead to localized overland flooding as water makes it way into streams.
They say stream levels will rise and may also cause flooding.
The province says the region from south of Leduc to just south of Calgary, as well as an area near Medicine Hat is expected to be affected most.
For more information, see Alberta's Spring Runoff Advisory, here.With files from CHQR