Rain, freezing rain warnings force many schools to close
Up to 30 mm of rain expected for northwest, 60 mm expected for southwest
A freezing rain warning has forced many schools to close across the province on Friday.
All schools in the Anglophone West School District are closed. In the Francophone South School District, all schools in the Fredericton and Oromocto areas are closed. All schools in the Francophone North-West are closed.
In the Anglophone North School District, all schools in the Dalhousie and Campbellton areas are closed.
Environment Canada issued a freezing rain and rainfall warning for most of the province.
The weather agency said a developing low-pressure system over the eastern United States is forecast to track north and pass west of the Maritimes on Friday before moving north into Quebec on Saturday.
Rain and strong southerly winds associated with this system will begin over southwestern New Brunswick this morning and spread across the remainder of the province throughout the day.
In parts of central and northwestern New Brunswick, the weather agency said precipitation will begin as freezing rain today before transitioning to rain as temperatures rise.
Right now, rainfall amounts of up to 30 millimetres are forecast for central and northwestern New Brunswick by Saturday afternoon. Higher amounts could approach 60 mm in southwestern New Brunswick.
Special weather statements in effect
Meanwhile, a special weather statement is in effect for the Acadian Peninsula, the Bathurst and Chaleur region, Kent County, the Miramichi area, Moncton and southeastern New Brunswick.
Those areas can expect up to 20 mm of rain by Saturday afternoon.
"Higher than normal water levels are possible along parts of the Bay of Chaleur coast and the Acadian Peninsula at high tide Saturday afternoon," Environment Canada said.
Southerly winds are also expected to travel up to 80 km/h, especially over exposed coastal areas and over the higher terrain in southern New Brunswick Friday night into Saturday morning.
"The rain and melting snow may cause minor flooding in some areas. Cool northwesterly winds behind the system will quickly drop temperatures to below freezing by Sunday morning."
The weather agency said the downpours could also cause flash flooding and water pooling on roads.