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Powerful Nor'easter brewing for Atlantic Canada; power outages possible

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 9:36 PM -

People in the Maritimes are having a messy afternoon, but forecasters are looking beyond Saturday's weather and into the next week, when a nor'easter is set to strike most of Atlantic Canada.

"The big story is the large and strong nor'easter that will have a major impact on the Maritimes on Wednesday and across Newfoundland Wednesday night into Thursday," Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham said Saturday morning. 

"Very strong to damaging winds will impact the region with heavy precipitation."

Gillham said it was too soon to determine exact precipitation types and amounts, as those indicators will depend on the system's exact track.

"Heavy snow is likely, especially for New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, but parts of Nova Scotia may see a changeover to rain," Gillham said.

Southern and eastern Newfoundland, meanwhile, will likely see a changeover to rain, with mixed precipitation for central Newfoundland.

"Heavy snow is most likely for western Newfoundland, Labrador, and eastern Quebec," Gillham added.


TUNE IN: We're watching this system closely. Watch The Weather Network on TV for updated forecasts as it approaches Canada.


Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for this forecast nor'easter, covering all three Maritime provinces, although not yet for Newfoundland.

No other watches or warnings are in place at this time for the region, but the Maritimes are still in for a messy Saturday.

"A clipper will bring a swath of 5 to 10 cm of snow to parts of the Maritime provinces this afternoon and evening, with lesser amounts south and north of this band," Gillham said.

Snow is also expected to impact Newfoundland into Sunday.

In the Maritimes, the snow will mix with, and even change over to, ice and/or rain across southern Nova Scotia, with a mix potentially covering the west of that province through the afternoon.

By the evening, the mixing zone will have spread to cover almost all of Nova Scotia except for the Yarmouth area, where all-rain is likely, and Cape Breton Island and parts of northern Nova Scotia, as the snow affecting New Brunswick and PEI continues to spread east.

And behind that clipper system will come well-below seasonal temperatures early next week.


BUT WHAT ABOUT SPRING? Doug Gillham takes an in-depth look at how soon we can expect a real warm up.


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