Southern regions in Nova Scotia are seeing intense wind gusts and some areas in Newfoundland are experiencing heavy rain. While conditions will clear up throughout Sunday, another system is already on New Brunswick’s doorstep. Beyond the weekend, we're keeping an eye on a potentially potent system for early next week. For details and timing, see below.
STRONG WINDS IN NOVA SCOTIA, RAIN MOVES INTO NEWFOUNDLAND
Winds will be quite strong in southwestern Nova Scotia during the overnight hours on Saturday and wind warnings are in place for Shelburne and Yarmouth counties. Gusts up to 90 km/h are expected over exposed coastal areas.
The weather will be more active in Newfoundland, where the rain will continue on Saturday evening with heavy downpours and a risk of thundershowers in some locations. Rainfall warnings are in place for the Burin Peninsula, Burgeo-Ramea and Connaigre. The rain is forecast to taper off overnight into Sunday morning.
"Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible," Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) says in the warning for Burin Peninsula.
Additional rainfall totals could hit 50-75 mm of rainfall for the southern sections including Burgeo, with 20-30 mm extending into the Avalon Peninsula and areas immediately to the north. Parts of Nova Scotia could pick up 10-20 mm of additional rain through Sunday.
Another round of unsettled weather courtesy of the next front will make its way into the northern Maritimes overnight Saturday into Sunday, bringing rain for New Brunswick, and possibly snow for higher terrain.
BEYOND: CHANCE OF AN EARLY-WEEK WEATHER BOMB
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 the Alberta 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. Heavy snow is expected on the back side of the low, including northern New Brunswick and the Gaspe Peninsula, and into eastern Quebec," 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.
Beyond, another round of unsettled weather is expected late next week.