Nicole, downgraded to a tropical depression as of Friday morning, will continue to bring heavy rains into portions of the southeastern United States as the remnants of the tropical system track towards Atlantic Canada through the weekend. Because the storm is expected to be post-tropical well to the south of the region, it will essentially be a fall type storm, bringing periods of heavy rain and gusty winds. The difference of this storm is the tropical moisture it will carry with it. More on the timing and impacts, below.
This weekend: Rain and wind spread across the Maritimes as remnants from Nicole surge north
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has issued a tropical cyclone information statement for parts of Quebec, as well as New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I. Rain and wind are expected over the Maritime provinces with very mild, tropical temperatures and gusty winds south of the track and cold northeasterly winds north of it.
"Since the storm is expected to transition to 'post-tropical' well to our south, it will essentially be an autumn-type storm while impacting Eastern Canada," ECCC says in the statement. "Heavy rain will spread well north of the low's track as far north and west as Lake Erie and Lake Ontario then into southern Quebec."
Rainfall amounts of 40-70 mm are possible throughout most of New Brunswick, with between 30-50 mm for P.E.I, and 20-50 mm for Nova Scotia, though mostly on Cape Breton. Even higher amounts up to 100 mm are possible in some localized spots.
Newfoundland will see between 30-50 mm of rain along the southern shores, with lesser amounts in the north as the rain will be lighter.
In addition to the rain, winds along coastal sections of the Maritimes will gust between 40-80 km/h.
By the time the low slides across Newfoundland on Saturday, there's enough cold air to even promote a nasty winter-like storm across central and northern sections of the province. This will be the first big winter storm of the season for the area.
"Gander could see up to 20 cm of snow, with Badger and Grand Falls-Windsor forecast to see up to 30 cm," says Matt Grinter, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
"Although Corner Brook will start as snow they quickly transition to freezing rain and rain."
There is a narrow band of freezing rain that could cause some ice build up in central Newfoundland through the day Saturday and into Sunday morning.
An active pattern with another significant system is expected early next week, with widespread rain and windy conditions expected. Cooler than seasonal temperatures are also forecast for most of next week.
Check back as this Eastern Canada forecast continues to develop.