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Wet and windy system hits the Maritimes

Jill Colton, staff writer

December 13, 2010 — The same low pressure system that brought snow and freezing rain to Ontario and Quebec is soaking the Maritimes with heavy rain.

Heavy rainfall expected through Tuesday
Heavy rainfall expected through Tuesday

An intensified low pummelled the midwest U.S. with a blizzard and then pushed its way into Canada. The storm system brought an array of winter-like conditions to Ontario and Quebec throughout the day on Sunday. On Monday the storm moved into the Maritimes bringing powerful winds and heavy amounts of rain with it.

A series of watches and warnings have been issued by Environment Canada. By Tuesday, up to 100 mm could fall across parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Already, Fredericton has seen over 80 mm of rain, Saint John has recorded just over 30 mm and St. Stephen has reached a staggering 152 mm.

Unlike neighbouring Quebec, the region won't experience snow. “The low pressure system is moving through, bringing with it a warm air mass that will move into the Maritimes bringing above seasonal temperatures and rain,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

The southwestern coast line of Nova Scotia may see pounding surf and high waves.
The southwestern coast line of Nova Scotia may see pounding surf and high waves.

And the strong southwesterly winds accompanying the low are already posing problems. Travel restrictions were imposed on the Confederation Bridge early Monday morning due to intense gusts. Marine Atlantic also suspended ferry services between southern Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

Wind warnings have already been issued for most of the region. Winds in Nova Scotia are expected to be anywhere between 90 km/hr to 130 km/hr. Similarly in Newfoundland, gusts are expected to increase from 100 km/hr to 150 km/hr on Tuesday morning.

The latest storm is coming off the heels of another intense system. Just a week ago, the Maritimes was struck with a powerful weather bomb. Power outages were reported along with localized flooding.

To stay up-to-date on the 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 the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

With files from Beverley Ann D'Cruz

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