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Bright Weekend Ahead for Atlantic Canada


April 1, 2010 — After a week of heavy rain, things are clearing out and warming up across Atlantic Canada this weekend.

To call them 'spring showers' would have been a bit of an understatement.

The Maritimes were drenched with heavy amounts of rain this week, thanks to a low pressure system that pushed across the region. Up to 70mm fell in some places. Umbrellas were everywhere, and flood officials put anyone living along the St. John River on high alert.

But now, the systems that have been hovering over the provinces are pushing out to sea, and making for a pretty nice weekend across Atlantic Canada.

'The rain is clearing out and temperatures are on the rise,' says Weather Network Meteorologist Greg Stephens. 'Some cities will be quite warm towards the end of the weekend.'

Still, a calm weekend doesn't mean people living along the St. John River should let their guard down.

A combination of mild temperatures and melting snow is creating extra runoff, causing the break-up and movement of existing ice covers. The result could be ice jams and, eventually, flooding. People are being advised to be extra vigilant, know the risks, make a plan and prepare an emergency kit.

For the latest updates on the flood risk in New Brunswick, and for allthe weather details you need to know heading into this weekend, make sure you tune into The Weather Network on TV. Our National Forecast can been seen at the top and bottom of every hour.

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