Nor'easter slams Atlantic Canada: When will it end?
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:31 -
A Nor'easter slammed Atlantic Canada Wednesday, bringing traffic to a standstill.
A wind gust of 186 km/h was recorded in Wreckhouse, Newfoundland, the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane.
That replaces the 2007 record gust of 182 km/h.
While the storm hasn't brought as much snow as White Juan -- the intense Nor'easter that battered the region in February 2004 -- the central pressure of Wednesday's storm tied the lowest central pressure of White Juan at 3 p.m. ADT.
Thankfully, the end is in sight.
TUNE IN FOR LIVE COVERAGE: Chris St. Clair is on location in PEI, Chief Meteorologist Chris Scott and Meteorologist Mark Robinson are monitoring the storm from Cape Breton and Nathan Coleman is on location in Halifax.
"Snow will taper for Nova Scotia Wednesday evening, with the exception of Cape Breton, which will experience light flurries into Thursday morning," says Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter.
It is expected to remain gusty in the province through Thursday.
Meanwhile, Charlottetown, PEI, Cape Breton and communities along the shores of New Brunswick will see strong winds continue through Thursday morning.
Winds will ease as the day progresses, but it will remain breezy until the evening.
"Blowing snow will be a big issue Thursday in the Maritimes," Grinter says.
POTENTIAL FOR MIXING IN NEWFOUNDLAND
"There's the potential for mixing along the Avalon around the midnight hour. We could see rain through the overnight and mixing in western Newfoundland, turning into precipitation by Thursday morning," he adds.
Blowing snow is expected to remain an issue until winds start to die down Friday morning.
ANOTHER STORM ON THE WAY
Another system is on track to hit the Maritimes late Saturday evening into Sunday.
Northern Nova Scotia can expect additional snowfall, while it's looking to be a rain event for southern portions of the province.
"Southern New Brunswick could see a decent snowfall as well," Grinter says.
"In some communities, we could see between 20 and 30 cm accumulate."
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