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After a fair day, messy weather looms for Atlantic Canada

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Saturday, February 1, 2014, 8:21 PM -


STORM WATCH: We're tracking this storm as it approaches the region. Tune in for TV updates.


The first day February is proving to be a fair one for Atlantic Canada, but as it draws to a close, a messy mix of snow and rain, courtesy of a Colorado low, will approach the region this evening after weaving its unwelcome way through southern Ontario and Quebec throughout Saturday.

Saturday dawned with snowfall warnings covering northwestern New Brunswick, while in Newfoundland, a special weather statement was also warning of snow.

The show starts tonight, with the snow falling heaviest into Sunday morning.

As it stands, the island of Newfoundland is on track for some of the heaviest amounts, up to 15 cm. Northwest New Brunswick will see similar amounts, around 15 cm in the hardest-hit areas.

The snow will fall lightest around New Brunswick's Fundy Coast and much of Nova Scotia, but drivers there face a different challenge as Sunday wears on.

Along Nova Scotia's south shore and southwestern New Brunswick, the snow will quickly change over to a rain-snow mix, then straight rain - potentially dodgy conditions that will spread through Sunday to cover much of the Maritimes.

"Areas near the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, as well as much of Nova Scotia, and PEI will see a changeover to rain for Sunday morning," explains Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham. "Most of Newfoundland will see just snow with this system, but a changeover to rain is expected during Sunday afternoon across the Avalon and Burin Peninsulas."

For Newfoundland, it will mostly be a snow event, although the Avalon may see a rain-snow mix on Sunday afternoon.

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