Large storm could bring rain, freezing rain and 20+ cm of snow to Atlantic Canada this week
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 3:27 -
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As we continue to inch closer to spring, the season seems to be drifting further away.
Especially in Atlantic Canada, where upwards of 20 cm of snow is forecast this week.
"The Clipper system that moved through Ontario Monday will move into the Maritimes Tuesday bringing light flurries, with a chance of mixing behind the snow as a warm front pushes through," says Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter.
Between 2 and 5 centimetres of snow is expected across parts of the Maritimes through Wednesday with up to 10 cm possible in Newfoundland.
"The next system to watch is Wednesday afternoon through Thursday with significant snowfall possible in New Brunswick with mixing likely in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island," Grinter adds.
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Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for all three Maritime provinces early Monday, warning of significant snowfall mid week.
"Precipitation with this system moves into the Maritimes Wednesday afternoon, and will continue through Friday morning," says Dayna Vettese, another meteorologist at The Weather Network. "The storm will bring heavy snow to New Brunswick, PEI and western Newfoundland and snow and freezing rain to Nova Scotia."
Vettese adds that the exact location of the freezing rain is still low confidence, "but current indications are a line of freezing rain up the shores of the Bay of Fundy."
By Thursday evening, all of the precipitation will change over to snow in the Maritimes.
Up to 35 cm of snow is forecast in parts of New Brunswick and PEI, while Nova Scotia can expect 5-10 cm of snow, plus 15+ mm of rain.
Up to 35 cm of snow is forecast in western Newfoundland, while eastern parts of the province can expect between 5-15 cm.
"Confidence is high that an impactful winter storm will bring significant snow to Atlantic Canada as well as freezing rain," says Vettese. "Forecast confidence as to the location of the freezing rain line is moderate. The area just west of the freezing rain line in New Brunswick will receive significant snow."