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Motorists head through a flooded section of a city street in Dartmouth, N.S. on Aug. 2, 2011.

ANDREW VAUGHAN/The Canadian Press

Environment Canada says most of the Maritimes is in for a significant soaking over the next two days as a large storm front approaches from the eastern United States.

The deepening area of low pressure has prompted a heavy rainfall and winter weather warning in parts of central and northern New Brunswick.

A mix of snow and freezing rain later today in the Fredericton area is to be followed by as much as 70 millimetres of rain through Wednesday.

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The forecast is calling for significant rainfall in Nova Scotia with some northern and western regions forecast to get up to 60 millimetres of rain.

A much as 50 millimetres of rain accompanied by high wind gusts is expected for parts of Prince Edward Island by late Wednesday.

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