Friday, May 7th 2021, 8:12 pm - The East Coast is in the middle of a stormy period just now, with a brief dry period to start the weekend ahead of the next soggy round.
Though high pressure kept Atlantic skies mostly clear to close out the weekend, the clouds return Saturday ahead of a system that will bring abundant showers, heaviest in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Beyond, more unsettled weather beckons for the region next week. For a more detailed look, see below.
SATURDAY INTO SUNDAY: NEXT SYSTEM FOLLOWS CLOSELY, MORE WIDESPREAD RAIN AND THREAT FOR SNOW
After a period of uncertainty over the exact track of this system, forecasters now have confidence that its effects will largely be confined to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, with some spillover into Prince Edward Island and eastern New Brunswick.
After a dry but increasingly cloudy start to Saturday, the rain begins late Saturday and spreads across much of the Maritimes Saturday night.
"During the overnight hours on Saturday and into Sunday, there is also the threat for snow on Cape Breton, with the chance for some light accumulations," says Matt Grinter, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
The rain will move into Newfoundland by Saturday night, with unsettled conditions persisting there through much of the day on Sunday.
Similar to Cape Breton, there is also the threat for snow in the higher elevations of the Long Range Mountains, with the highest accumulations being up to 15 cm for the peak of Gros Morne.
Winds will be blustery throughout the weekend as well, as gusts of 40-60 km/h pick up throughout the Maritimes late Saturday and into Sunday.
Even stronger winds will be felt across Newfoundland, with widespread gusts between 60-80 km/h expected for the island.
LOOK AHEAD: CHILLY AND UNSETTLED PATTERN CARRIES INTO NEXT WEEK
Another system will track south of the region by early next week, with rain expected to spread across the southern Maritimes.
Forecasters are watching yet another system after that, set to track into the Maritimes on Tuesday, with unsettled weather carrying into Newfoundland on Wednesday.
Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest forecast for Atlantic Canada.