Environment Canada issues special weather statement for significant rainfall

Parts of New Brunswick are bracing for what could be significant rainfall early this week.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the western half of the province, including Fredericton, Woodstock and Grand Falls.

Forecasters say a frontal system associated with a developing low pressure system over the Great Lakes region will move into the Maritimes on Monday and Tuesday.

Rainfall amounts of between 20 and 40 millimetres are expected before the rain tapers off on Tuesday night.

Officials say the combination of runoff from recent snowmelt and rainfall will continue to give above normal water levels on rivers.