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Heavy rain coming to St. John's, Avalon Peninsula

Environment Canada has issued warnings to St. John's and area residents to expect heavy rain and high winds.
Environment Canada has issued warnings to St. John's and area residents to expect heavy rain and high winds. - 123RF Stock Photo

Rainfall warning issued for Nain and vicinity

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the entire Avalon Peninsula this morning.

The weather office says rain will move northward across the region this morning, bringing 20 to 30 millimetres in heavy downpours. Rainfall rates of up to 5 to 10 mm per hour are entirely possible, as is the risk of thundershowers over southern areas.

The rain is expected to taper to showers or drizzle around noon. 

On the upside, temperatures will remain above seasonal average with a daytime high of 15 C today and Saturday. 

Meanwhile, up in Labrador, Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Nain — where 30 to 50 mm are expected — and Natuashish — where residents could see between 60 and 90 mm. That rain could turn into between 10 and 20 centimetres of snow inland and over higher terrain. 

Precipitation is forecasted to start this today and continue through Sunday, but the snow should only last until Saturday when it changes to a mixture of rain and wet snow.

A little further south in Hopedale, the weather office has a special weather statement in effect. Rain will begin this morning, become heavy at times this evening, taper to showers on Saturday morning, but return to steady rain on Saturday night into Sunday. Anywhere from 35 to 50 mm of precipitation is anticipated to fall.

In all cases, the weather office warns of localized flooding in low-lying. 

Get more details from SaltWire Network meteorologist Cindy Day. 

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