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Central Newfoundland in for a wet, cold and windy long weekend

LEWISPORTE, NL - If the potential for lightning dancing across the night sky piques the interest of any central Newfoundland residents, then they may be in for a heck of a weekend.

Otherwise there may not be much to get excited about.

Snow, wind and rain all play a prominent role in the May long weekend forecast.

“Today, as the warm front from this system moves over the island, we’re looking at some unsettled conditions,” Linda Libby, meteorologist for Environment Canada told the Pilot.

“Showers becoming a possible risk of a thunderstorm along that warm front from late morning to early afternoon.”

Friday’s warm front will see highs of 14 degrees Celsius, in and around the central region, with rainfall totals reaching 10 millimetres by late Friday evening.

Saturday morning a brief break in the rainy conditions is expected for central, but the respite is temporary, according to Libby.

“As the winds go northwest in the afternoon, temperatures will fall,” she said. “We’re going to be looking at, for Saturday night, a mix of rain becoming snow or rain mixed with snow, and highs around plus one.”

The cold, wet conditions will persist on Sunday, and Libby cautions those heading out camping this long weekend to keep an eye on local weather reports.

“The other thing is it’s going to be windy,” she said. “Not terrible for Newfoundland standards, but obviously if you’re getting cold, rain or wet snow and wind, its never a good combination, especially for anyone out camping.”

The forecast did nothing to dampen the spirits of Randy Dawe, who the Pilot found setting up his camper in the rain.

“You know, this kind of weather, twenty years from now you’re going to sit back and say, ‘Remember that weekend at Woolfrey’s Pond,” Dawe said.

While no accumulation of snow is expected in the region, five to 10 centimetres is expected to fall in central over the three-day period, according to Libby.

Monday, central residents are expected to face more unseasonal temperatures, with a high of seven degrees Celsius predicted and a 40 per cent chance of precipitation.

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