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Heavy rain and strong winds headed to Atlantic Canada

It will be extremely unsettled across Atlantic Canada tonight and Monday as a weather system moves through. We are looking at strong winds for all areas, rain is expected across the Maritimes and it will be heavy at times. In Newfoundland snow will change to rain as the day progresses. Snow is expected in Labrador.

Rainfall amounts across the Maritimes will be quite heavy. For Cape Breton Island rainfall amounts of 30 to 40 mm are expected. For mainland Nova Scotia amounts will range from 30 to 50 mm. On Prince Edward Island 20 to 30 mm is forecasted. Across southeastern New Brunswick, 35 to 45 mm of rain is possible and 20 to 25 mm for the Fredericton and Moncton area.

Snowfall amounts across Newfoundland will be quite minimal with at most 5 cm expected. Rain will be the bigger story with 15 to 30 mm expected across the south coast, 5 to 10 mm expected for St. John's, the northern Avalon, and parts of the west coast and 2 to 5 mm expected in central Newfoundland.

Snowfall amounts across Labrador will range from 5 to 15 cm.

Across the Maritimes winds will gust from about 70 km/h to 80 km/h. Very strong wind gusts are expected across Newfoundland on Monday. Gusts to 120 km/h are possible along coastal sections of the Avalon, 110 km/h in central and on the west coast we could see some gusts to 140 km/h. Power outages are a possibility.

The effects of this storm will linger into Tuesday.

Marine Atlantic anticipates that crossings on Monday and Tuesday will be impacted. On the Confederation Bridge restrictions of traffic will begin at 9:00 am tonight until approximately 9:00 am tomorrow.

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