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WHAT IS A NOR'EASTER?

"A Nor’easter is named after the winds that occur during the storm," explains Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter.

"Strong winds come from the north-east, and with the amount of snow generated, these storms usually cause conditions of blowing snow and white out conditions."

Nor'easter tracks are typically off the U.S. coast and tend to hit New England and Atlantic Canada being the hardest hit.

"The development of a Nor’easter occurs when there is a sharp contrast in cold dry air coming down from north-eastern Canada and the Warm Gulf stream ocean current," Grinter adds.

The current mixing of the warm ocean current and cold air creates favourable conditions for the development of the upcoming system, he adds.

Because the track of this system will mostly be offshore, the winds will be coming from the north east, making this a 'classic' Nor'easter.


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