Winter storm threatens parts of Atlantic Canada with more than 30 cm of snow
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Due to difficulties in determining the storm’s final track, there is significant uncertainty in the forecast at this time. What we do know is that parts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland will see significant snowfall through Tuesday morning and travel disruptions can be expected.
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has issued special weather reports for Nova Scotia and parts of Newfoundland, warning of snow and strong winds on Monday and Tuesday. Winter storm watches were also issued in eastern Newfoundland.
Snowfall begins Monday night in Nova Scotia and then moves to Newfoundland Tuesday morning.
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There is considerable uncertainty about total snowfall accumulation in Nova Scotia. There is a chance snowfall will be heavier than currently expected and Tuesday morning’s commute could be affected by wintry road conditions.
Up to 6-10 inches of snowfall is possible in downtown Halifax and eastern Nova Scotia. Current snowfall totals are preliminary and subject to change based on final storm track.
Newfoundland will receive the largest snowfall associated with this system, with local amounts in excess of 40cm through Wednesday morning. St. John’s, NL, can see more than 30 cm of snow locally on Tuesday.
As the depression deepens and passes Sable Island, gusty winds will increase along coastal stretches. The gusts range from 70 to 90 km/h during the storm. The fresh snowfall leads to poor visibility due to snow flurries, so drivers have to be prepared for slow or delayed journeys.
In Newfoundland, most locations see only snow, but parts of the Avalon Peninsula face a wintry mix later Tuesday, limiting snowfall amounts farther south. Conditions improve on Wednesday.
The public is advised to keep an eye on The Weather Network for the latest forecasts for Atlantic Canada.
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