Atlantic Canada under special weather statement, rainfall warnings issued

Most of the Atlantic provinces are in for some nasty weather, with warnings and special weather statements issued by Environment Canada.

Low-pressure system developing over the southern U.S. to bring freezing rain and rain

Warming temperatures from a low-pressure system out of the southern U.S. have prompted weather warnings and special weather statements from Environment Canada. (Associated Press)

Most of the Atlantic provinces are in for some nasty weather, with warnings and special weather statements issued by Environment Canada. 

Atlantic Canada, like the rest of Eastern Canada, is under a deep freeze Monday, with temperatures in the minus double digits. Meanwhile, southwestern Newfoundland is expected to be battered by strong winds of up to 100 km/h, while snow squalls are expected in the eastern part of the province.  

However, that weather is expected to change dramatically over the next two days.

"This system will be accompanied by a significant warming trend driven by strong southerly winds," says a weather statement from Environment Canada.

New Brunswick

According to the national weather service, a low-pressure system developing over the southern U.S. will bring up to 10 centimetres of snow to parts of New Brunswick beginning early Tuesday, then change to freezing rain and showers during the day.

That extended period of freezing rain over northern New Brunswick Tuesday afternoon will change to a significant amount of rain at night and Wednesday morning. 

Nova Scotia

The same system will result in light snow over western Nova Scotia on Monday night and into Tuesday morning for eastern areas. Nova Scotia will get a significant amount of rain Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

As of 4:15 p.m. AT on Monday, parts of Nova Scotia were upgraded to a rainfall warning. 

Areas that could see up to 40 millimetres of rain include:

  • Annapolis County.
  • Digby County.
  • Halifax Metro and Halifax County West.
  • Kings County.
  • Lunenburg County.
  • Queens County.
  • Shelburne County.
  • Yarmouth County.

A wind warning is also now in effect for Inverness County. Gusts could exceed 110 km/h overnight Tuesday, Environment Canada said.

Newfoundland and Labrador

The low pressure system out of the U.S. will make its way to Newfoundland and Labrador overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday. 

"Although the highest rainfall amounts are expected to occur along the south coast, the warm temperatures, rainfall and strong southerly winds are expected to cause significant snow melt across the island," according to a special weather statement by Environment Canada.

Prince Edward Island

All three counties in Prince Edward Island were placed under the special weather statement on Monday afternoon.

Environment Canada says significant amounts of rain may fall Tuesday night, with a risk of warning-level rainfall on Wednesday. 

For all regions, frozen ground could cause inland flooding as warmer temperatures melt snow.

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