Wind, snow, freezing rain forecast as major storm moves into Atlantic Canada

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A late-fall storm is delivering wet, windy weather to much of Atlantic Canada.

Weather warnings are in effect for parts of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland as a major storm approaches from New England.

Environment Canada says the heaviest rain — up to 100 millimetres — will fall today along New Brunswick’s Fundy coast.

Many areas of Nova Scotia are getting a messy, mixed bag of snow, freezing rain and rain.

Powerful winds reaching 100 km/h and higher are also part of the system.

Environment Canada is warning that winds in the Wreckhouse area of Newfoundland’s west coast could gust as high as 180 km/h later tonight and through Thursday morning.

“This is a warning that potentially damaging winds are expected in these regions. Monitor weather conditions, listen for updated statements,” Environment Canada advises.

It says parts of Labrador, including the Churchill Falls area, Nain, Hopedale and Labrador west, will experience an intense winter storm by Thursday morning.

“The low will continue northeastward through the day on Thursday and an associated cold frontal trough will push eastward across Newfoundland. Southeasterly winds will begin strengthening over southwestern parts of the island this afternoon and will continue to increase through the evening, with gusts forecast to reach up to 180 km/h in the Wreckhouse area later tonight through Thursday morning. Strong winds will also spread up the west coast and Northern Peninsula during the night with gusts reaching 100 km/h in many areas and locally as high as 130 km/h along the parts of the coast prone to enhanced southeasterlies. The strong winds will spread from west to east across the remainder of the island on Thursday but will start to subside over western Newfoundland in the afternoon.”

Environment Canada is also warning that the strong winds will produce high waves and pounding surf along the entire south coast of Newfoundland on Thursday. In addition to the wind, heavy rain is expected to develop over southwestern parts of the island later today. Amounts of 60 to 100 mm are anticipated over southwestern Newfoundland from Channel-Port aux Basques to Ramea before tapering off late Thursday.

Updates can be accessed on Environment Canada’s website at www.weather.gc.ca

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia Wreckhouse Atlantic Canada Northern Peninsula Channel-Port aux Basques Ramea

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