Series of storms to bring significant period of rain, freezing rain to Atlantic Canada
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 8:00 AM -
Rain, freezing rain and wind warnings are in place as a series of storms hit Atlantic Canada.
"The first system is currently affecting the Maritimes and will continue throughout the day Wednesday with rain becoming heavier through Nova Scotia and southern New Brunswick through Thursday before exiting the region on Friday," says Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter.
"A low pressure system over Maine will move south of Nova Scotia today where it will remain quasi-stationary on Thursday," adds Environment Canada in a rainfall warning Thursday morning.
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A rainfall warning was also issued for parts of New Brunswick where up to 40 mm of rain is expected through Thursday.
Freezing rain warnings were issued early Wednesday as well and officials urged drivers to beware of icy roads, highways, walkways and parking lots.
Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible with the onset of more heavy rain.
"The frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb this rainfall," EC warns. "Don't approach washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts."
"The second low pressure system will move into the Avalon and eastern Newfoundland on Wednesday bringing rain and the threat of freezing rain through the overnight hours," says Grinter. "The freezing rain will then change back to rain into Thursday, staying unsettled into Friday."
While the freezing rain will depend highly on minor temperature differences from one location to the next, ice buildup will be more likely at higher elevations due to cooler temperatures, EC adds.