High pressure over the Atlantic region Friday will bring a presumably welcome break from the unsettled conditions of the past couple of days, but the next system is on its way, making itself felt later in the day. Through the course of Friday night, Saturday and into early Sunday morning, the Atlantic region will be in for a fair bit of rain, heaviest in eastern Newfoundland. Beyond, forecasters are already eyeing the next potential storm. For a closer look, see below.
FRIDAY INTO THE WEEKEND: WIDESPREAD RAIN, THREAT FOR SNOW
After a messy couple of days across the region, with Newfoundland experiencing rain and strong winds Thursday, Friday looks to offer a bit of a break Friday across the Maritimes as high pressure sweeps the skies clear, but the next round of moisture won't be long in coming.
Rain will spread across the region Friday night and into Saturday, though with very mild temperatures expected across the Maritimes, possibly reaching the mid-teens on Saturday for Halifax and surrounding areas.
The heaviest rain is expected across Newfoundland. As much as 50-75 mm is possible for the Avalon and Burin peninsulas, with 30-50 mm elsewhere on the island, with only central and northern parts of the island really getting away with lesser amounts.
As for snow, while there's the chance for a few short-lived flakes or some freezing rain/ice pellets for isolated parts of northern New Brunswick, Newfoundland is likely to get more significant amounts on the back side of the low, though largely confined to the western half of the island Saturday into early Sunday.
Specific amounts are still being worked out, with low confidence in the exact track and intensity of this system. Be sure to check back closer to the time for an updated forecast.
BEYOND: A PEEK AT THE NEXT POTENTIAL STORM
Forecasters are eyeing the potential for another storm to intensify as it tracks into the region early next week. It's still early, but there's some chance the drop in pressure may be sufficiently precipitous to qualify as a weather bomb.
"The upper-level energy associated with a clipper will trigger the development of a new system off the coast of the northeast U.S., and this system is expected to track to the Gulf of St. Lawrence with widespread rain and windy conditions and the potential for heavy snow on the back side of the low – potentially for northern New Brunswick and the Gaspe Peninsula," Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham said.
However, we currently have very low confidence in the track and intensity of this system, so it's best to check back closer to the storm's approach for more concrete details.
Another system is possible late in the week.