New Brunswick

Rainfall warnings out for northern N.B.

Rainfall warnings are out for much of northern New Brunswick causing emergency officials to keep a close eye on river systems in the region.

Rainfall warnings are out for much of northern New Brunswick causing emergency officials to keep a close eye on river systems in the region.

Environment Canada forecasters say up to 25 millimetres of rain is possible by Friday afternoon in the Acadian Peninsula, Edmundston and Madawaska County, Bathurst and Chaleur, Miramichi and area, Mount Carleton - Renous Highway, Grand Falls and Victoria County. A freezing rain warning has been issued for Campbellton and Restigouche County.

Forecasters said a deepening low pressure system from the Great Lakes will bring snow and freezing rain which will turn to heavy rain. Temperatures are expected to fall Friday afternoon, after which a few centimetres of snow is anticipated.

The province's river watch program for 2011 is underway with river ice conditions being closely monitored on the Aroostook, Tobique, Nashwaak, Kennebecasis, Canaan, Restigouche and Miramichi rivers, where water levels are expected to rise.

Earlier this week, New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization issued a reminder to homeowners to keep drainage systems on their property clear of ice and snow to help prevent flooding.

This week marks three months since devastating floods swept through southwest and central New Brunswick.