Thursday, April 2nd 2020, 8:40 am - Systems typically track west to east, but Atlantic Canada has been seeing the reverse this week.
The rare east-west movement of a warm front will bring showers to most of the Maritimes on Thursday, with the heaviest in Nova Scotia. Meanwhile, Newfoundland is in for a gloomy close to the week.
Coastal areas of the Maritimes can also expect gusty winds Thursday.
More details, and a look ahead, below.
- Widespread rain Thursday across the Maritimes, lasting into Friday morning for parts of Nova Scotia
- Newfoundland gloomy, foggy and drizzly Thursday into Friday
- Chilly pattern into the weekend
- Stay up-to-date on the weather ALERTS in your area
THURSDAY: RAINY DAY AHEAD FOR MANY
That rare retrograde front's passage through the Maritimes brought a shot of spring snow to the region, but by Thursday morning the switchover to rain will be complete.
In all, the Maritimes are looking at a rainy Thursday, hanging on the longest in western Nova Scotia and Halifax, where some 30-40 mm is possible by Friday morning.
Very little rain is expected for Newfoundland, however, with less than 5 mm during the same time period. But the island is still in for a gloomy time, as a persistent onshore easterly flow brings fog, cloudy conditions and periods of drizzle into Friday.
WATCH BELOW: DREARY CONDITIONS IN HERRING COVE, NOVA SCOTIA
LATE WEEK: CHILLY PATTERN, AVALON REMAINS ACTIVE
Otherwise, a chilly pattern is expected late week and through the weekend. Eastern Newfoundland, particularly the Avalon, can expect an extended period of easterly and northerly flow off of the Atlantic.
This onshore, east-northeasterly flow continues for the island into Saturday, bringing cloud cover that lingers throughout much of the weekend. Temperatures will also be slightly below seasonal for Newfoundland.
Thursday will be generally windy across the Maritimes as well — particularly for Cape Breton, coastal Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland's southwestern region.