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Wednesday February 19th, 2014

Posted at 3:35pm

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Updated: Thursday February 20th, 6:29pm.

A rainfall warning has been issued for Windsor and Essex County ahead of what Environment Canada is calling a “major storm”.

The storm, expected to arrive late Thursday and into Friday is actually part of two weather systems, one from Alberta and the other from Texas

The storm systems will be tracking towards the Great Lakes, where they are forecast to merge and rapidly intensify Thursday.

Environment Canada says the intense system will bring rising temperatures to Southern Ontario, but also significant precipitation and strong winds.

Total rainfall amounts of 20 to 40 mm are expected. Significant snow melt due to the rising temperatures will also be a concern. Water is also expected to pool on roads and low lying areas due to rising temperatures and melting snow.

As the rain comes to an end from west to east Friday, winds will increase out of the southwest with gusts to 70 or 80 km/h likely, particularly along the great lake shores.

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