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Mixed bag of weather for Newfoundland

Weather forecast Friday for St. John's.
Weather forecast Friday for St. John's.

Warmer temperatures and rain are forecast for tonight and Saturday, according to Environment Canada in its latest special weather statement.

Periods of rain are forecast to develop later this afternoon or this evening and will continue through Saturday with rainfall amounts of 10-20 mm expected.

While the forecast rainfall is below warning criteria for now, Environment Canada says the combination of rain, strong southeasterly winds, and above freezing temperatures could result in significant snowmelt, water pooling and localized flooding. This is likely in areas with an extreme snowpack from the heavy snowfall over the past week.

The public is advised to clear snow and ice from drains and downspouts and ensure water drainage is away from their homes.

Similar warnings are in effect for the Avalon, Bonavista Peninsula, Bonavista North, Clarenville, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor and Terra Nova.

Temperatures in St. John's and vicinity are warming up to high single digits well into next week.

Some areas of the province are under snowfall warnings, including Churchill Falls, Churchill Valley, Labrador City, Nain and Wabush,

A number of areas are under rainfall warnings — Bay St. George, Buchans, Burgeo Ramea, the Burin Peninsula, Port aux Basques area, Connaigre, Corner Brook and area, Green Bay-White Bay, Gros Morne, Northern Peninsula East, Parsons Pond-Hawkes Bay, Port Saunders and the Straits and Red Bay to L'Anse-au-Clair.

Wind warnings are in effect for Bay St. George, Corner Brook and area, Gros Morne and Parson's Pond-Hawkes Bay.

Red Bay to L'Anse-au-Clair has a freezing rain warning, as does Norman Bay to Lodge Bay.

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