Environment Canada warns nasty system will bring heavy rain, freezing rain to Atlantic provinces

Environment Canada is warning a nasty system developing over the southeastern United States will bring heavy rain and freezing rain to Atlantic Canada on the weekend.

The weather agency has issued heavy rainfall warnings or special weather statements for southern and central Nova Scotia, southern New Brunswick and PEI, saying more than 100 millimetres could fall along the Fundy coast.

In northern New Brunswick and eastern PEI, rainfall is expected to change to freezing rain Friday night and into Saturday, resulting in significant ice buildup that could bring down tree branches and lead to power outages before turning to snow and ice pellets Saturday night.

A special weather statement has also been issued for eastern Newfoundland warning rain will likely turn to freezing drizzle tomorrow night or Sunday morning as a current January thaw comes to an end.