High winds, heavy rainfall in forecast for many areas of NL
A satellite image from Environment Canada.
The RCMP is advising motorists to slow down and use caution when travelling the Trans-Canada Highway in the Corner Brook area and vicinity.
Heavy rain fall is creating water buildup on the highway, posing a greater risk of hydroplaning.
That could be the scenario in many parts of the province tonight as heavy rain and high winds are forecasted for the Avslon Peninsula, south coast, southwestern Newfoundland and some areas of Labrador.
Environment Canada has issued special weather statements for rain, at times heavy beginning today, with strengthening southeasterly winds for:
• St. John's and vicinity;
• Avalon Peninsula north;
• Avalon Peninsula southeast;
• Avalon Peninsula southwest;
• Channel-Port aux Basques and vicinity;
• Burin Peninsula;
Environment Canada says a low pressure system, currently southeast of Nova Scotia, will approach southern Newfoundland today. Rain will spread across the island ahead of this feature and is expected to become heavy at times, especially along the south coast.
The weather office says the latest indications suggest amounts of 20 to 30 millimetres of rain are to be expected, but with the
potential for local amounts of 45 millimetres or higher.
Strong southeasterly winds will also develop over the Avalon
Peninsula and south coast ahead of the low with gusts forecast to
reach 80 km/h tonight. Winds are expected to diminish as the low passes.
In the southwestern region of the province, including the Wreckhouse area, a wind warning has been issued by Environment Canada for today, with winds expected to reach 100 km/h.
Environment Canada says there's some uncertainty regarding the exact track and intensity of this system affecting the province. As s result, forecasts may be modified as more information becomes available. The public is advised to monitor future forecasts as warnings may be required.
Updated information can be found on Environment Canada's website at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca
The special weather statement for Labrador involves the following areas:
• Churchill Valley;
• Rigolet and vicinity;
• Cartwright to Black Tickle;
• Norman Bay to Lodge Bay.
In these areas, Environment Canada says rain will be heavy at times beginning today and continuing until Wednesday.
Environment Canada says a broad area of low pressure over the Gulf of St. Lawrence will remain "quasistationary" for most of this week. An extended period of rain is expected for central and aoutheastern Labrador as this low continues to tap into tropical moisture until it moves east of Newfoundland on Thursday.
Again, Environment Canada is advising residents in these Labrador communities to monitor updated forecasts for more information.