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Atlantic: Inbound system brings risk of freezing rain, rain and snow

Saturday, January 25th 2020, 11:40 am - The next system is on the doorstep to Atlantic Canada and threatens freezing rain, rain and snow for Sunday

Saturday offers Atlantic Canada a brief break in the active weather before conditions change on Sunday. An incoming system from Quebec and Ontario is set bring rain, snow and a risk of freezing rain to parts of the Maritimes. Precipitation will fall as rain in Nova Scotia and southern New Brunswick, while possible freezing rain and snow will impact central and northern New Brunswick through Sunday night before moving into Newfoundland in the overnight hours. Freezing rain warnings in place for New Brunswick. For timing and impacts, read below


  • Latest system begins impacting the Maritimes early Sunday morning, Newfoundland Sunday night
  • Largely rain for N.S., freezing rain and/or snow in N.B., rain and snow in parts of Newfoundland
  • Freezing rain warnings for New Brunswick
  • Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area


The low will begin sliding into western New Brunswick and southwestern Nova Scotia early Sunday morning, bringing rain to the southern half of the Maritimes and snow and possible freezing rain to the central and northern parts. Freezing rain warnings cover much of New Brunswick ahead of the system.


Temperature-wise, most of the Maritimes will be above-seasonal temperatures Sunday, reaching the mid-to-upper single digits in many areas. Northern parts of the Maritimes and Newfoundland will be cooler, with daytime highs hovering close to or below zero.

General rainfall amounts of of 5-15 mm are expected in southern and central Nova Scotia, as well as extreme southwestern New Brunswick, through Monday morning, while parts of the southwestern coast could see 10-20 mm in the same time period. The further north you travel, the lesser the rainfall totals, where 5-10 mm or less is expected in southern New Brunswick.


Northern and central Newfoundland will see snow when the system treks in Sunday overnight, while southern areas will see only rain. The Avalon may see brief mixing, but will mostly be a rain event because of the temperatures. Central and southern portions could also see a short period of freezing rain Monday morning.

Snowfall totals will vary, from 10-20+ cm for parts of northwestern Newfoundland, 5-10 for the western shores and 5 cm or less for central regions.


Fair weather with temperatures within a few degrees of seasonal is also expected for most of next week. The next significant system to watch will approach the region heading into next weekend.

RELATED: Storm-shuttered schools in St. John's to reopen Monday, public transit less certain

Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest updates on this system.

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