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Atlantic: Gusting winds, heavy rain track through the region

Saturday, April 27th 2019, 10:25 pm - Winds could exceed 70 km/h on Sunday as heavy rains move into Newfoundland

Yet another weekend in Atlantic Canada is ending with lingering, unsettled weather. The rains and gusting winds will continue to track through the region on Sunday and eventually taper off as they move eastward. The rainfall forecasts suggests that many will have to brace for another work week of blustery weather, as another bout of rain and snow takes aim for early next week. More on the timing of multiple low pressure systems, plus what that means for flood conditions, below.

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WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Rain and gusting winds track towards Newfoundland by Sunday
  • Eyes on an early week system for additional rain and snow
  • Temperatures remaining cooler than seasonal into next week
  • Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area

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It's a cold front sweeping through Atlantic Canada that's behind most of this weekend's unsettled weather, with rain and powerful winds tracking across the region through Sunday.

The latest in a string of systems to tap into some sub-tropical moisture, mild, unstable conditions across the southernmost part of the Maritimes. While the most northeastern portions of Nova Scotia will see some lingering rain on Sunday, the low pressure system will target Newfoundland as the weekend wraps up.

Strong wind gusts are also expected to sweep through with the cold front for the Maritimes and Sunday in Newfoundland.

BELOW: TIMING STRONG WINDS FOR ATLANTIC CANADA

These southeasterly winds could gust above 70 km/h, which has the potential to toss loose objects. Drivers are warned by Environment Canada to adjust their speeds and routes due to the potential for changing road conditions as a result of these winds.

'WAIT AND SEE' FOR NEW BRUNSWICK FLOODING

The Saint John River remains above flood stage from Fredericton to Saint John, and residents have been told to expect the flooding to "last for days" as the swollen river waters make their way downstream to the Bay of Fundy.

The river is expected to stay more or less stable through the weekend in spite of the additional rainfall as the bulk of the system's rain is, thankfully, expected to fall downstream -- where it has less impact on the watershed as a whole.

Geoffrey Downey, a spokesperson for New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization, said they'll be watching closely to see what this rainfall could do.

"If it falls outside of the basin, it's not going to affect river levels, if it's not much," Downey told CBC News. "So we'll have to wait and see where it does end up falling."

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NO REST INTO THE NEW WEEK

Forecasters are also keeping an eye on the next system headed into Atlantic Canada. This one is expected to impact the region early next week with the chance to intensify as it tracks out to sea.

"This system would impact the Maritimes on Monday with gusty winds and a cold rain for southern regions, and snow possible for the central Maritimes, which would spread south on the back side of the low," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

He adds that by the middle of next week, the active storm track looks to finally loosen its grip, although conditions will likely remain colder than seasonal.

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