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Unsettled weekend for Atlantic Canada

Wet and gloomy conditions will persist Thanksgiving weekend.
Wet and gloomy conditions will persist Thanksgiving weekend.

Jill Colton, staff writer

October 9, 2010 — After days of rain and strong winds, Atlantic Canada is in for more damp and gusty weather this weekend.

Peak wind gusts across Newfoundland.
Peak wind gusts across Newfoundland.

It just keeps going.

A low pressure system developed along the U.S. eastern seaboard on Tuesday evening and tracked across Ontario and Quebec and finally over the East Coast. Ever since then, Atlantic Canada has been feeling the effects.

All three Maritime provinces were blasted with a good shot of rain recently. Yarmouth, N.S. was soaking wet with 34 mm, North Cape, P.E.I. saw around 30 mm and 37 mm poured down on Mirimachi, N.B.

Newfoundland has especially felt the fierce fall storm. As the system moved northward across the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Thursday, strong southeasterly winds spread across the island with the most intense gusts blowing over the west and east coasts. Grates Cove peaked at 107 km/h, while Wreckhouse was blasted with gusts of 104 km/h.

It's that time of year for wind, rain and cool conditions.
It's that time of year for wind, rain and cool conditions.

The severe weather also led to other problems. Nearly 45,000 St. John residents were hit with a boil water order. Recent heavy rain caused turbidity levels in the city's water to go up and people were asked to boil water before usage.

The intense conditions are just another hit for the island which suffered through Hurricane Igor at the end of September. In many cases, the clean-up of this devastating storm are still underway.

As for Thanksgiving weekend, Atlantic residents are going to see more of the same. “The upper level pattern is going to create more westerly winds and sea-effect showers for Atlantic Canada this weekend,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist with The Weather Network. On Saturday, Gaspe Bay reported seeing snow flurries in the early morning hours as a result of the strong northwesterly winds blowing across the entire area.

The strong low pressure system over the coast of Labrador has generated a decent sized storm surge of 35 to 45 cm along the south and east coasts of the island. There is a chance that water levels may result in minor coastal flooding in some areas. “Since the low is so strong, it's moving slowly to the south and with the persistent northwesterly winds over the Gulf is pushing the water higher onshore,” explains Brian Dillon, a meteorologist with The Weather Network.

Throughout the weekend, temperatures are expected to dip below the seasonal mark, so if you're out and about over the weekend, you may want both an umbrella and extra layers. To add to the chilly conditions, a frost warning was in effect for northern New Brunswick.

To stay up-to-date on your local forecast details, click our Canadian Cities Index. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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