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Atlantic: 'Messy is an understatement' as back-to-back storms take aim

Monday, December 2nd 2019, 8:59 pm - Stormy weather resumes this week with four more storms expected during the next eight days in Atlantic Canada.

After leaving a swath of active, messy weather across the United States and Great Lakes, a Colorado low will make its final stop on the continent in Atlantic Canada, ramping up its impacts Tuesday. The system -- with a boost of Gulf Stream energy -- will bring rain, ice, and snow to the region, lasting into the mid-week mark. We take a look at what you can expect for the first few days of December, below.

Visit our Complete Guide to Winter 2019/2020 for an in depth look at the Winter Forecast, tips to plan for it and a sneak peek at the spring season next year


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • System's effects intensify into Tuesday morning
  • Rain, snow, freezing rain and ice pellets expected as messy system lingers through mid-week
  • Potential for prolonged period of ice pellets/freezing rain Nova Scotia/New Brunswick
  • Stay aware of ALERTS in your area

WATCH BELOW: TRACKING AN ACTIVE WEEK FOR ATLANTIC CANADA

A mid-week storm, fuelled by the Colorado low that tracked snow and ice across the Great lakes this weekend, is set to make for a messy experience for almost all of Atlantic Canada, with freezing rain, rain, and heavy snow all on the menu, depending on where you are.

Though Nova Scotia will already have seen some precipitation overnight, the system really begins to affect the Maritimes in earnest by Tuesday morning.

ATL 1

The snow will have also reached New Brunswick overnight, transitioning into a rain/snow mix by the morning for the south from Fredericton to Moncton, but areas north of that are in for a fair bit of accumulation, as much as 20-30 cm for the worst-hit areas over the course of this system.

ATL Snow

Nova Scotia will have switched over to rain by Tuesday morning as temperatures rise, after some bouts with freezing rain. Southern New Brunswick, however, is in line for some at-times heavy freezing rain, with Moncton actually in line for likely the messiest mix, with snow, freezing rain, a rain/snow mix, and straight rain possible over a 24-hour period.

In Newfoundland, people can expect freezing rain to reach central and western parts of the island through Tuesday afternoon, and will continue through the weekend.

ATL freezing

FROM THE MET DESK: FREEZING RAIN OR ICE PELLETS? WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

This won't be the end of the messy, wintry weather this week either as the very active pattern continues with three more storms expected during the next eight days.

"Another system will develop south of the Maritimes on Thursday and bring heavy snow to Cape Breton including Sydney and across western Newfoundland," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

The next system after that will take a similar track over the weekend, while the system that takes aim for next week will track much further to the north, bringing rain to much of the region.

Stay with us here at The Weather Network for your latest forecast updates as we track these upcoming systems.

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