CORNER BROOK There are several weather warnings and special weather statements for western Newfoundland at this hour.
The warnings have been issued by Environment Canada for the southwest coast, including a wind warning for the Channel-Port aux Basques area and a rainfall warning for the Burgeo-Ramea area.
Southeasterly wind gusts to 110 kilometres per hour will develop in the Wreckhouse area near Port aux Basques late this afternoon. Rainfall accumulations of up to 25 millimetres are expected in the Burgeo-Ramea area tonight.
Strong southwesterly winds gusting to 100 kilometres per hour will persist this afternoon over the Northern Peninsula due to an intense low pressure system over northern Labrador.
A second low developing near the St. Lawrence River will move to lie near Anticosti Island by this evening, then track northeastwards across Labrador tonight. Snow will develop over Southern Newfoundland later today and will change over to rain this evening.
The rain will be heavy at times, with local accumulations up to 25 millimetres expected by Tuesday morning. The strong winds forecast for the Wreckhouse region are expected to develop late this afternoon as this low approaches.
That second low pressure system is also expected to bring rain and strong winds to other areas of western Newfoundland. A special weather statement has been issued for those areas, which include Bay St. George, Corner Brook and vicinity, Gros Morne and Parsons Pond-Hawkes Bay.
According to Environment Canada, the strong southeasterly winds accompanying this system may reach warning criteria along the west coast this evening.
There are also wind warnings still in effect for the Northern Peninsula, including the western portion from Port Saunders to the Strait of Belle Isle and the eastern portion of the peninsula. Those southwesterly winds gusting up to 100 kilometres per hour are expected to diminish in these areas this afternoon, but the western coast is also subject to the latest special weather statement regarding the rain and strong winds expected this evening and tonight.