Rainfall warning for Avalon, winter storm watch for western, northern N.L.

Deana Stokes Sullivan
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An Environment Canada satellite image shows a weather system moving toward Newfoundland from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The system is expected to dump snow on western and northern parts of Newfoundland, with heavy rainfall coming to the Avalon and St. John's region.

Depending on where you live in Newfoundland, you could see a lot of rain or some snow beginning tonight and into Saturday.

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for St. John's and the Avalon Peninsula and a winter storm watch for the province's west coast and northern region.

The high temperature in the St. John's region is expected to be around 8 Celsius Saturday, but rainfall amounts of up to 35 mms are expected in the region by Saturday morning.

Environment Canada says, over the Avalon Peninsula, rain at times heavy will develop overnight and is forecast to ease by Saturday afternoon. Rainfall amounts throughout the Avalon region are expected to be between 15 and 35 mms.

The weather office says the inclement weather is the result of a low pressure system developing near Cape Hatteras that will track northeastward towards the Maritimes today. This low will rapidly deepen as it approaches southwestern Newfoundland tonight. The low will continue to deepen on Saturday as it tracks northward across central Newfoundland and out to sea in the evening.

Over western and northern Newfoundland, snow is forecast to develop overnight and persist into Saturday. Environment Canada says snowfall amounts may possibly exceed 10 cms. High winds are expected to develop on Saturday and combine with the snow to give poor visibility in blowing snow.

The winter storm watch includes the Bay St. George, Deer Lake, Humber Valley and Corner Brook areas.

Environment Canada says "this is an alert to the potential development of dangerous winter weather conditions in these regions. Monitor weather conditions. Listen for updated statements."

Weather updates can be found on Environment Canada's website at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.



Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland, St. John's, Cape Hatteras Northern Newfoundland Deer Lake Humber Valley Corner Brook

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