Mild temperatures, heavy rain to push into Atlantic Canada, significant snow melt expected this weekend
Friday, January 10, 2014, 4:33 PM -
Rainfall warnings stretch across parts of the Maritimes with more than 60 mm of rain expected in some places.
The same low pressure system bringing milder conditions, rain and freezing to much of Ontario and Quebec will continue to push into the region on Saturday.
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Parts of New Brunswick can expect the precipitation to begin as freezing rain before quickly changing to rain as temperatures climb above zero.
Rainfall amounts of 30 to 60 mm are possible in the hardest hit areas by the time the system moves out on Sunday.
"Strong southerly winds and very mild temperatures will combine with the rainfall and cause significant melting of the existing snowpack," says Environment Canada in Friday's warning.
There's a risk for localized flooding, officials warn.
Meanwhile, depending on where you are in Newfoundland, the system could bring snow, freezing rain or rain through Sunday.
"This system will push a strong warm front across Newfoundland Saturday night into Sunday morning. A cold front will then follow in its wake Sunday night," EC adds.
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The precipitation will start as snow or freezing rain for the south coast and the Avalon Peninsula before changing to rain Saturday night.
"For western and central Newfoundland snow will begin Saturday night and then change through ice pellets to freezing rain before changing to rain by morning," EC adds.
Some areas may see prolonged periods of freezing rain, which could result in hazardous driving and power outages.
Snow is forecast for the northern peninsula before changing to ice pellets and freezing rain early Sunday.
"In addition, this system will bring strong southerly winds to all of Newfoundland Saturday night and Sunday, with gusts potentially reaching warning criteria over some areas," says EC.