Coastal flooding expected in parts of the province, warns Environment Canada

Environment Canada issues a special weather statement for the Bathurst and Chaleur Region, with higher than normal water levels expected at high tide overnight on Friday and into Saturday morning.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for parts of the province

Two geese check out Grand Lake's flooded territory on Wuhrs Beach earlier this month. (Randy Betts)

With a combination of onshore winds and high tides over the next two days, meteorologists are warning of a potential storm surge across the northern part of the province, as well as the Fundy coast.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for the Bathurst and Campbellton areas, as well as Saint John, with higher than normal water levels expected at high tide overnight on Friday and into early Saturday morning.

"A slow moving low pressure system will track across Nova Scotia Friday night," read the statement.

"The approach and passage of this system will coincide with the highest spring tides of the year. A storm surge warning may be required."

Brennan Allen, a CBC meteorologist, said the province can expect a mix of sun and cloud with temperatures in the mid-teens up to the low 20s on Thursday.

A light northeastern wind of 15 to 20 km an hour in the northeastern part of the province is also expected, making temperatures in the area a bit cooler than normal.

Cloud cover is expected to spread across southwestern New Brunswick by the afternoon and continue on to the north throughout the evening and overnight.

Residents in the southern New Brunswick can expect up to 20 mm of rain by morning with more rain on Friday. Winds will also strengthen out of the east with gusts between 40 and 70 km/h.

"Friday will be a cool blustery day with rain and strong, but not damaging winds," said Allen.

"The low will continue to track northeastward and should exit the region during the first half of Saturday." 

He said northern New Brunswick can expect a total of about 5 to 10 mm of rain, while central and southern New Brunswick can expect 20 to 35 mm.