The east coast is preparing for one of the strongest storms of the winter
Get your snow removal gear ready, Atlantic Canada, as another major storm is targeting the region this week.
After Newfoundland was blasted by significant snow over the weekend, eyes are turning to the nearest east coast system — a storm that could be one of the strongest lows of the season. Snowfall warnings and special weather reports are already lining the entire Atlantic of Canada.
A gathering Nor’easter will bring heavy, wet snow and strong winds to parts of Atlantic Canada by mid-week, but forecasting will prove quite difficult.
Temperatures will fluctuate above and below freezing during this storm event, contributing to a chaotic mix of rain and snow precipitation. But when it snows, it gets very wet and heavy
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Snow is expected to develop in southern New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Tuesday afternoon and spread north and east in PEI in the evening. It will snow through Wednesday in parts of the region. Snow may mix with rain in Nova Scotia overnight Tuesday through Wednesday.
Heavy snowfall will target eastern Newfoundland on Thursday and continue through Friday.
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The snowfall forecast is still a bit uncertain, but Charlottetown, PEI, Moncton, NB, and Sydney, NS appear to be in the thick of the heaviest snow. Cape Breton Island could see up to 30-60 cm of snowwith 20-40 cm possible for eastern New Brunswick and 20-30 cm for parts of PEI
Lower snowfall levels are expected for mainland Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy coasts as rain or mixed precipitation is expected as temperatures rise.
The heavy, wet snow creates accumulations that cling to branches and power lines, which could contribute to power outages. Travel issues are also likely with high snowfall rates and gusty northeast winds.
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Thumbnail courtesy of Bill Berry taken in Sydney River, NS
Keep checking back with The Weather Network for more Atlantic Canada forecast information and updates.