50 cm of snow, more rain for Atlantic Canada long weekend
Sunday, May 21, 2017, 12:48 PM - The unofficial start of summer is here, but winter is still hanging on in Atlantic Canada.
Newfoundland in particular is the seeing the worst of it, with accumulating snow for northern parts of the island and Labrador, with rainfall elsewhere on the island. Though snowfall warnings were slowly dropping off Sunday, the system leaves behind very hefty totals, according to Environment Canada.
"Cartwright has reported snowfall amounts of 50 cm since Friday. Latest indications suggest another 5 cm can be expected before the snow tapers off tonight," the weather agency says.
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The system is transitioning to rain for northern parts of Newfoundland, with about 5-15 mm expected Sunday for that area, tapering to around 5 mm for St. John's.
Strong wind gusts have accompanied this system, with a gust of 100 km/h recorded Saturday near Twillingate. Forecasters say these winds will gradually ease through Monday, though staying strong for the morning.
Elsewhere in Atlantic Canada, the Maritimes remain fair until Monday evening, when rain begins to push in from west to east.
"There's potential for moderate-to-heavy rain mid-week for the region, but models are struggling with where to put the heaviest precipitation," Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm said Sunday morning.
Check back for updates as we continue to monitor the forecast.