Winter storm takes aim at Atlantic Canda
Sunday, December 29, 2013, 8:30 PM -
STORM WATCH: Tune in on TV this weekend as we track this approaching system.
A winter storm is set to begin moving into the Maritimes and Newfoundland later Sunday, after more than a week of rotating winter systems.
"The good news is this storm is quick mover," Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, said early Sunday morning. "It'll be out of the Maritimes by late Monday morning, and Newfoundland late Monday evening."
This system will hit hardest in southern New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and southern Newfoundland, where up to 30 cm could fall by Monday, beginning in earnest Sunday night.
Much of the rest of the region could get up to 10 cm of snow, except Nova Scotia, which is in for a very different experience.
Nova Scotia will see some mixing, including rain or freezing rain, which could be heavy at times Sunday night.
The snow will spread across Newfoundland Monday, with mixed precipitation in the east in the afternoon, including the Avalon.
The low is forecast to cross eastern Newfoundland Monday evening. Snow, at times heavy, ahead of this system will develop over southwestern Newfoundland overnight then spread across the remainder of the island Monday morning. The system could drop between 10 and 25 cm of snow across the region, with the highest amounts expected just north and west of the low's track.
Meanwhile, southern and eastern Newfoundland will see a changeover to ice pellets then drizzle or freezing drizzle later in the day.
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Drivers will struggle the most, as winds are expected to pick up. Blowing snow and low visibility should be expected.
Meanwhile, the new winter storm threatened to derail efforts in New Brunswick, where some 6,000 customers were without heat or electricity.
NB Power said it hoped most customers would have light and heat by late Tuesday or early Wednesday, but warned that could change depending on the storm's effect on ice-laden trees.
With files from The Canadian Press