Heavy rain ex­pected to cause sig­nif­i­cant snowmelt

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - BY GARY KEAN gkean@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_­GaryKean

It’s go­ing to be wet and mild in much of western New­found­land this week­end.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada up­dated its weather alerts for the re­gion to a rain­fall warn­ing Thurs­day.

Tem­per­a­tures for the Cor­ner Brook vicin­ity are fore­cast to reach highs of be­tween 7C to­day and 10 C Satur­day, with as much as 70 mil­lime­tres of rain to fall dur­ing those two days.

The rain­fall warn­ing is­sued Thurs­day af­ter­noon stretches from the Bay St. Ge­orge area through the Cor­ner Brook and Gros Morne vicini­ties all the way north­ward to the Hawkes Bay area. It stated there could be as much as 100 mil­lime­tres of rain in the re­gion’s moun­tains and that frozen ground will not be able to ab­sorb the rain­fall quickly.

Many ar­eas across the is­land will ex­pe­ri­ence sub­stan­tial snowmelt, start­ing to­day as tem­per­a­tures rise above freez­ing. There will be in­creased risks of flash flood­ing and wa­ter pool­ing with the thaw­ing snow and rain­fall com­bi­na­tion.

A spe­cial weather state­ment was is­sued for the North­ern and Baie Verte Penin­su­las, where a pro­longed pe­riod of freez­ing pre­cip­i­ta­tion ap­pears likely be­hind the front.

The tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to start cool­ing off Satur­day and pre­cip­i­ta­tion ease off Satur­day evening. Tem­per­a­tures will dip back down be­low freez­ing Satur­day evening.

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