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Tuesday February 18th, 2014

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Environment Canada warns that significant rain is expected Thursday and into Friday that could see a lot of our snow melt away.

They say that two weather systems, one from Alberta and the other from Texas, are expected to develop in the coming days and track toward the Great Lakes, where they are forecast to merge and rapidly intensify on Thursday.

This intense system will bring rising temperatures to Southern Ontario, but also significant precipitation and strong winds.

Rain is expected to reach the area on Thursday afternoon. From Southwestern Ontario to the Golden Horseshoe and eastward along the Lake Ontario shore toward Kingston, rainfall amounts could be in the 30 to 40 mm range, with much of the precipitation falling Thursday night through Friday morning.

Thunderstorms are also a possibility, and may result in locally higher rainfall amounts.

Significant snow melt due to the rising temperatures will also be a concern.

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