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Wet and warm weekend for Newfoundland


Further rainfall expected through Monday.
Further rainfall expected through Monday.

Jill Colton, staff writer

December 18, 2010 — A low pressure system is bringing wet and mild conditions to Newfoundland over the weekend.

Rainfall totals as of Saturday afternoon.
Rainfall totals as of Saturday afternoon.

A wet weekend is in store for eastern Newfoundland as a trough of low pressure is extending across the province.

Rain and drizzle will persist as a result of this pattern, with the highest rainfall accumulations expected along the northeast coast. By the time the system moves through Sunday evening, between 30-50 mm will have fallen in many areas. Places like St. John's are familiar with the heavy rain. Since Wednesday, the city has seen nearly 90 mm soak the ground.

With the rain comes milder conditions. A retrograding low is bringing in a backdoor warm front. This will bring warm temperatures as it retrogrades south and (of course) heavy precipitation, explains Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. Areas in Labrador will also experience this effect.

It's a different story for other parts of Newfoundland. The southwest portion is in store for snow with the cooler airmass. Corner Brook can expect the highest snowfall accumulations with 15-20 cm by Sunday evening.

Overflowing water in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick.
Overflowing water in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick.

The Maritimes, on the other hand, are drying up after days of intense rain battered the region. Close to 200 mm of rain was recorded in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Hundreds of people have registered for disaster financial assistance as many basements were flooded.

To stay up-to-date on current weather conditions in your area, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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