Environment Canada Forecasting Up To 90mm Of Rain For Saint John

Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2018 13:27 PM

Saint Johners will want to swap their snowboots and parka out for some rain gear this weekend with Environment Canada forecasting rainfall of between 60 and 90 millimetres.

Meteorologist Claude Cote says the weather agency is going to be issuing a rainfall warning with these numbers in the forecast. The heavy rainfall will be accompanied by very mild temperatures.

"We're going to lose all that snow on the ground in addition to all the very significant precipitation amounts. It's pretty close to a month's worth of precipitation in a short duration," says Cote.

Cote says we're looking at rain starting around noon on Friday with rain, at times heavy, in the evening and overnight into Saturday with the rain ending towards noon or early afternoon.

"Even during the overnight periods we're looking at temperatures near the double digits and Saturday again, the temperature remaining steady at 10 to 13 Celcius," says Cote.

"In the wake of the system, the temperature will drop again quite significantly."

The city of Saint John says crews are going to be working to keep the city streets safe during this weather event and drivers and walkers should be aware that roads and sidewalks might be slippery.