Atlantic Canada braces for Valentine's Day storm, potential for another snowy system on Saturday
Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 7:36 -
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A powerful storm is forecast to impact Atlantic Canada in time for Valentine's Day.
Heavy snow, moderate rain, some freezing rain and very strong winds are possible.
"So if you’re a last-minute kind of guy or gal, we recommend you get your Valentine’s Day goodies ahead of time," warns Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese.
Wednesday will remain cold, but dry before the storm begins to move into the region Thursday.
A low pressure system will track along the east coast of the United States on Thursday and intensify as it pushes through the Maritimes Friday.
Snow is expected to begin on Thursday with a changeover to rain likely for much of Nova Scotia and the potential for mixing and some freezing rain along the rain-snow boundary.
"It should remain as all snow for most of New Brunswick, though rain is possible across southern New Brunswick, especially close to the Bay of Fundy," Vettese adds. "Snow may also mix with or change to a period of rain across Prince Edward Island."
Wind gusts between 60-80 km/h are forecast on Thursday, increasing for north-facing shores to 90-110 km/h.
Between 15 to 30 cm of snow is likely by the time all is said and done, with locally higher amounts possible.
"Snow will move into Newfoundland late Thursday night and the precipitation will continue through the day on Friday," says Vettese. "A changeover to rain is likely for much of the province except for in the northwestern third of the province."
A period of mixing or freezing rain is also possible along the rain-snow boundary as it progresses across the province.
Sustained winds of 50-80 km/h are forecast with gusts increasing to 140 km/h on Friday.
"Forecast confidence is high that the winds will be very strong and potentially damaging especially across Newfoundland," Vettese warns. "Widespread power outages are possible."
WATCHING ANOTHER WEEKEND STORM
"Another storm may be hot on the heels of the last one," says Gina Ressler, another meteorologist at The Weather Network. "It looks like Saturday night into Sunday, Atlantic Canada could be dealing with another very windy and snowy system."
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