30 to 60 milimetres by Sunday morning
© Environment Canada
There is a rain warning for Annapolis County.
By Lawrence Powell
Environment Canada has issued a heavy rainfall warning for Annapolis County and residents can expect as much as 60 milimetres by the time it's over on Sunday.
That much rain, combined with melting snow is cause for concern when it comes to flooding potential.
On Friday, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal cautioned drivers about the effects of the weekend rain on dirt sideroads.
"Forecasted rain for Saturday, Jan. 11 will make ice-covered gravel roads very slippery this weekend," it said in a media release. "The rain will wash away the sand recently put on the roads to improve conditions."
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal graders will be cutting the ice to try to keep the roads passable and TIR urged drivers to use extreme caution on all gravel roads and to check 511 for updates.
Following is the Environment Canada forecast issued at 4 p.m., followed by the rainfall warning:
Issued: 4:00 PM AST Saturday 11 January 2014
Tonight, 11 January
Drizzle or periods of rain changing to rain at times heavy near midnight. Amount 20 to 30 mm. Fog patches. Wind south 30 km/h gusting to 50 increasing to 50 gusting to 80 near midnight. Temperature rising to 12 by morning.
Sunday, 12 January
Rain ending in the morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Clearing late in the afternoon. Amount 2 mm. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60. Temperature falling to 6 in the afternoon.
Sunday night, 12 January
A few clouds. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming west 30 near midnight. Low minus 1.
3:52 PM AST Saturday 11 January 2014
Rainfall warning for
Annapolis County continued
Total rainfall amounts of 30 to 60 millimetres are expected tonight and into Sunday morning.
This is a warning that significant rainfall is occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.
An intense low pressure system currently in Central Ontario will track across Quebec tonight and Sunday. Rain has now spread across the province and will persist into Sunday morning. Total rainfall amounts of 30 to 60 millimetres are expected with highest amounts over western parts of the province and along the Atlantic coast.
Strong southerly winds gusting to 90 km/h will develop this evening then shift to the southwest and subside Sunday morning. In addition, southeast winds gusting to 90 km/h are expected to develop in the Lee of the Cape Breton Highlands this evening.
The strong southerly winds and very mild temperatures will combine with the rainfall to cause significant melting of the existing snowpack thereby increasing the risk of flooding.