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STORM WATCH: Nor'easter arrives in Atlantic Canada bringing blizzard conditions

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 9:44 PM -

After a windy and snowy Monday for some parts of the Maritimes, Tuesday is shaping up to be another Winter day as a "classic" Nor'easter makes its way toward the region

The system has already started to bring snow to parts of Nova Scotia and should be in full force across the Maritimes by midnight, and early Wednesday morning for Newfoundland. Many blizzard warnings have been issued in anticipation of the storm.

"For Nova Scotia and places like Charlottetown and southern New Brunswick, there are many blizzard warnings," said Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter. "The blizzard criteria are at least four hours of blowing snow, a reduced visibility of 400 meters or less and also sustained winds of 40 kilometers or greater. We will be seeing all these factors."


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By the time the system moves out of the area, some parts could see upwards of 20 cm of snow like Halifax where about 26 cm are expected. 

“We will see 20 to 30 cm across Nova Scotia. Southern New Brunswick will also see similar amounts, drastically decreasing as you head north," says Grinter. "With the current track of the system, it is tracking a little bit further north. Parts of south Cape Breton could see freezing rain with this. There is that risk as well."

A similar situation will happen in Newfoundland.

"For Newfoundland this will be starting Wednesday morning for them with some light snow in the Avalon Peninsula. As a warm front moves along the Avalon, the eastern area will see the snow will turn to ice pellets, followed by a couple of hours of freezing rain before finally moving into rain," Grinter explains "As the system moves out of Newfoundland late Thursday, the western part of the province could see almost 40 centimeters or snow, while somewhere between 15 and 30 is expected for most of the province. The parts hit by freezing rain and rain will only see about five cm of snow."

Driving conditions could get complicated on Wednesday so it is recommended that all commuters give themselves enough time to arrive to their destination safely.

"The system should approach the region late tonight throughout the overnight but we will see the heaviest on Wednesday morning and after for Nova Scotia. That’s when we will see the risks of schools closing, buses cancelled," warns Grinter.


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But snow isn't the only concern. The storm will also be bringing powerful winds to Atlantic Canada.

"Winds will be gusting to near 100 kilometers per hour near the eastern shores of Nova Scotia, near 100 throughout the northern shores of P.E.I. and over 110 kilometers per hour throughout the Avalon starting pre-dawn Wednesday," says Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon. "The snow and winds will taper off on Thursday as the system slides out of the area.

City 
Expected Snowfall Amounts 
Halifax
26 cm
Charlottetown
22 cm
Truro
30 cm
Fredericton
10 cm
St. John's
5 cm
Deer Lake
30 cm
Moncton
20 cm
Gander
13 cm
Greenwood
25 cm
Burgeo
16 cm

Mail likely to be affected 

Canada Post is advising residents of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island that the blizzard warning for tomorrow may impede mail delivery. 

Officials say every attempt will be made to get all the mail out for delivery but, due to the severe weather, some addresses may not receive mail tomorrow. 

Once the weather improves normal delivery will resume. 

Canada Post is also requesting home and business owners to clear the snow and ice from their sidewalks, walkways and stairs so carriers can deliver mail safely.

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