© Star photo by Diane Crocker
For the first time in a what seems to be a very long time Corner Brook is enjoying some nice weather today.
CORNER BROOK After days of snow, rain, wind and more and more snow things are looking better out there today.
With a temperature around -2 C and sun in the sky, it's a great time to get out and take advantage of the conditions.
That's because the nice break will be shortlived. While the thermometer will jump above zero on Sunday, Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for the region.
For the south and west coasts, Environment Canada says snow or freezing rain will begin this evening and then change to rain at times heavy as temperatures rise. Generally 40 to 60 millimetres of rain can be expected over both coasts with as much as 80 millimetres locally along the south coast. The combination of rain, wind and mild temperatures may create considerable snow melt and is likely to lead to localized flooding.
For parts of central and the northeast coast, snow will begin this evening and change through freezing rain to rain overnight which will continue until Sunday evening. Fifteen to 25 millimetres of rain can be expected by the end of the day on Sunday. Despite the lesser amounts, Environment Canada says the risk for localized flooding also exists in these areas when factoring in snow melt from warm temperatures.
For the Northern Peninsula, snow is forecast to begin around midnight tonight and will change to freezing rain before morning. The snow may be heavy at times, giving amounts near 10 centimetres by Sunday morning. Some areas may receive three to six hours of significant freezing precipitation overnight into Sunday morning which could lead to hazardous driving conditions. By noon on Sunday precipitation is expected to change over to rain with amounts between 10 and 20 millimetres. Due to all of these amounts being near warning criteria, winter storm watches are continued until further information becomes available, says Environment Canada.
In addition, this system will bring strong southwesterly winds to all of Newfoundland tonight and Sunday, with gusts potentially reaching warning criteria over some areas.
Furthermore, forecast guidance is suggesting this storm may push elevated water levels onto parts of the south and west coasts on Sunday.
More information can be found at www.weather.gc.ca.