Jill Colton, staff writer
October 17, 2010 — After the first Nor'Easter of the season packed a punch across Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland is now dealing with an upper level low that is bringing rain and strong winds.
The Nor'Easter that hit the province on Friday and Saturday has finally slowed down and weakened but an unsettled pattern has developed in its place.
“The upper level low has stalled out over the province and its been bringing unsettled conditions since Sunday,” explains Dayna Vettese a meteorologist here at The Weather Network.
Those conditions include rains and powerful winds. As of Sunday afternoon, 43 mm of rain dumped down on St. John's and Gander has seen around 29 mm. Parts of the Burin Peninsula have received at least 60 mm of rain since Saturday, with more on the way. By the time it's all said and done, the region could see up to 80 mm.
The winds are also packing a punch. On Saturday, a peak wind gust of 128 km/h was recorded in Wreckhouse. Powerful winds rocked the same region on Sunday, with gusts clocking in at 124 km/h. Damaging winds were also reported in other parts of the province, including Burgeo (104 km/h), Bonavista (98 km/h), and Grates Cove (96 km/h).
Beginning Sunday evening, the major low pressure system will move toward Labrador, bringing with it strong westerly winds that will blow over the Gaspe Peninsula. This event is expected to last until Monday evening.
On Friday, a powerful Nor'Easter blasted through Atlantic Canada bringing a good shot of rain and wind to the region. Halifax was soaked with some 53 mm and nearly 60 cm pelted St. Stephen. The storm also produced howling winds that helped to knock out power to thousands of homes throughout New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Quebec also fell victim to the potent storm. Montreal was pounded with more than 50 mm of rain. Strong winds were also prevalent throughout the region.
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