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Atlantic: Heavy, blowing snow threatens treacherous travel into Thursday

Wednesday, February 26th 2020, 6:35 pm - Snowfall warnings span New Brunswick as the province looks to bear the brunt of the next major storm.

Parts of Atlantic Canada are bracing for the late-week impacts of a potent low that's bringing heavy snowfall to Ontario and Quebec Wednesday. The system will make its way to the Maritimes late Thursday morning and continue through Friday for Newfoundland. A wintry mix of rain, freezing rain and heavy snow, as well as strong winds, are all on the table for the region. Widespread special weather statements are already in place, along with snowfall warnings in New Brunswick where the heaviest snow amounts are expected. The latest on timing and impact, below.

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WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Texas low pushes into the Maritimes late Thursday morning, spreading rain, possible freezing rain and snow as day progresses
  • Heaviest snow expected over Cape Breton and northeastern New Brunswick
  • Snow could mix with freezing rain over the Avalon Peninsula through Friday
  • Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area

THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY: SNOW AND WIND PICKS UP IN INTENSITY

After the Texas low treks through Ontario and Quebec, it will then push through the Atlantic region, starting late Thursday morning in the Maritimes and Thursday evening in Newfoundland. The system threatens a messy winter mix as the day wears on, with heavy snow expected in central and northern New Brunswick and mostly rain forecast in Nova Scotia.

Precipitation will start off as snow for Nova Scotia before changing over to rain across the southern sections of the province. There is also the potential for freezing rain to mix in, though isn't expected to last long.

Winds will pick up during the day on Thursday with gusts reaching 70-90 km/h and possible stronger gusts in Cape Breton and Newfoundland.

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NEW BRUNSWICK TO BEAR THE BRUNT OF THE SNOW WITH THIS NEXT STORM

Snowfall amounts will vary across the Maritimes, but the heaviest totals will fall in New Brunswick, where 10-20 cm is expected across much of the province. In some northeastern sections, as much as 30-40 cm is possible through Friday, with reduced visibilities expected at times in heavy, blowing snow.

"Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve," Environment Canada cautions in a snowfall warning issued for much of New Brunswick.

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Southern areas of Nova Scotia will see amounts of 5-10 cm, while less than 5 cm is expected for Halifax.

P.E.I. will see a wide range from 5-15 cm as you move west, and Cape Breton will see 10-20 cm depending on elevation.

The system quickly departs the Maritimes Thursday overnight, though with impact lasting across Newfoundland into Friday afternoon. Widespread accumulations of 10-20 cm are expected.

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WEEKEND: TURNING MUCH COLDER, EYES ON NEXT SNOW MAKER

Conditions will turn much colder behind the system for the weekend, and eyes are already on the next looming storm that could bring significant snow to southeastern Newfoundland Sunday night and into Monday.

Check back for updates as we continue to monitor these next round of storms.

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