Alerts in Effect
Special Weather StatementIssued at 11:01 Friday 21 October 2016
Significant rainfall and strong winds expected this weekend.
For central, western and northern Newfoundland and parts of the south coast: total rainfall of 30 to 50 mm, with locally higher amounts possible.
Environment Canada meteorologists are continuing to monitor a scenario which will likely result in heavy rain over some areas on Saturday and Saturday night. Persons in locations vulnerable to impacts from heavy rain are advised to check for updated forecasts.
A low pressure system moving into the northeastern United States is expected to draw significant amounts of moisture northward as it taps into a tropical air mass. Latest guidance suggests rain will arrive over most areas tonight and then become heavier on Saturday. The highest amounts will likely occur along the southwest coast of the island where rainfall rates 5 to 10 mm per hour are expected. Warnings have been issued this area. The rain is forecast to taper off or end Saturday night.
Strong southeasterly winds are also expected to accompany this system, with gusts reaching warning criteria in the Wreckhouse area this evening then further intensifying Saturday afternoon. Winds are forecast to ease as they shift to a southwesterly direction over most areas Saturday night.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to weatherNLWO@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #NLwx.