Saturday, February 15th 2020, 8:06 am - The bitter cold will finally loosen its grip on Atlantic Canada by Sunday
Atlantic Canada will get a break Saturday from the streak of storms that marched through the region during the week. However, the latest front left behind some bitter cold air, which set a new record daily low Friday in one New Brunswick city. Most residents woke up Saturday morning to wind chills well into the -20s and -30s. There is good news -- temperatures will rebound on Sunday, accompanied by another shot of light snow. We have more details on when the cold will end, along with a look at the next system moving in, below.
- Weekend starts off chilly, but temperatures warm up Sunday
- Next system moves in Sunday morning, with light snow in New Brunswick and possible rain/snow mix in southwestern Nova Scotia
- Another messy mid-week system threatens heavy snow, freezing rain before weekend warmup
- Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area
SATURDAY: FAIR SKIES, BUT TEMPERATURES REMAIN CHILLY
Saturday will be dry across the Atlantic, but temperatures will remain chilly. Daytime highs will only reach the minus single digits across the southern Maritimes and Avalon Peninsula, with values dipping into the minus double digits in the northern half of the region.
Factor in the wind chill and it will feel like the minus teens or -20s across the region. Extreme northeastern Newfoundland may see wind chills approaching the -30s. The bitter cold established a new record daily low Friday in Edmundston, N.B., which hit -36°C, breaking the old record of -35°C set in 1929.
The cold will finally ease off Sunday with milder air ushering into the region, bringing daytime highs above zero in southern areas of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and near or slightly below the freezing mark elsewhere.
A weak frontal boundary will move into the Atlantic Sunday morning, bringing light snow to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, with possible mixing in southwestern areas of the latter province. Snow will move into Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula through the evening hours. Accumulations will remain light across the region, with totals staying below 5 cm, through Monday morning.
BEEN THERE? THE CLASSIC DRIVE-THRU WINDOW FREEZE
LOOK AHEAD: NEXT SIGNIFICANT SYSTEM
Beyond Sunday's light dusting of snow, forecasters are keeping an eye on the potential for more messy weather during the mid-week mark.
"At this point it looks like most of the region will start off with snow with some significant totals possible, followed by a changeover to rain across southern and central areas and a risk for freezing rain," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham, adding a brief shot of Arctic air will return for the end of next week, but temperatures will trend milder by the weekend.
Check back in the coming days as we continue to monitor the forecast.