Atlantic Canada Nor'easter: Snow expected to continue through to Tuesday
Monday, March 31, 2014, 8:35 PM -
An ice storm is wreaking havoc on Atlantic Canada, complicating clean up efforts on an area in the midst of trying to get back to normal after last week's Nor'easter.
Although not as powerful as the one that slammed the area last week, officials say this slow moving system is a big one.
Widespread warnings were issued across the Atlantic provinces with snowfall, blizzard and freezing rain warnings in place.
Several communities have seen prolonged periods of freezing rain including Sydney, N.S. and Moncton, N.B.
"Parts of the Maritimes, in particular parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, have seen significant ice accumulation," says Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani.
"This has resulted in tens of thousands of power outages, particularly in New Brunswick. Freezing rain warnings have ended in there, but there is more in the forecast for Nova Scotia."
Residents in Nova Scotia are being warned to prepare for a messy Tuesday morning commute.
"We're looking at the potential for another 12 hours of freezing rain there," Vaswani says.
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Once the freezing rain departs Tuesday morning, colder temperatures will flood the region, changing the precipitation over into snow.
That's expected to last all day for Nova Scotia, with the potential for lingering in the Cape Breton area. The conditions will persist until mid-day for New Brunswick.
WHAT ABOUT NEWFOUNDLAND?
The storm moved into Newfoundland late Sunday night, bringing close to 15 cm of snow to some communities.
Another 30 cm of snow is in the forecast through parts of the Avalon, leaving many communities with upwards of 50 cm of snow on the ground by the time the storm moves out Wednesday morning.
"There is a potential for freezing rain and ice pellets to mix with the snow on and off Tuesday along Newfoundland's southern shores," Vaswani adds.
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