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Temperatures tumble after widespread snow, winds whip through Atlantic Canada

Thursday, February 25th 2021, 7:34 am - Atlantic Canada remains the target of active weather as back-to-back storms threaten more rain, snow and strong winds well into next week.

There's no let-up yet for Atlantic Canada, as the barrage of fast-moving systems continues into the second half of the week, with the latest system spreading snow across the region through Thursday. Accumulations certainly won't be the heaviest of the season by any means, but should still be taken into account by would-be travellers and commuters, though southern parts of the region will see some of this system's moisture fall as light rain, cutting into the overall snowfall totals. More on the impact of this system, plus a look at the next round that threatens more snow this weekend, below.


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Fast-moving system brings widespread snow and strong winds through Thursday
  • Southern portions may see periods of light rain, suppressing snowfall totals
  • Eyes on weekend storm with more rain and snow for the region, as active pattern continues well into next week as well

THURSDAY: FAST-MOVING SYSTEM BRINGS ANOTHER SWATH OF SNOW, GUSTY WINDS

Fast-moving systems have impacted much of Atlantic Canada this week, though with uneven impacts that have left some areas digging out more than others.

The latest round comes courtesy of a system that arrived Wednesday night, set to deliver more widespread snow as it tracks right through the Maritimes. Not quite enough to cancel buses or schools early Thursday, but could still compromise travel times throughout the day.

In all, a widespread 5-10 cm of snow is likely for northern New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, with 10-15 cm expected in the heaviest swath, which will include parts of PEI. The major outlier looks to be Cape Breton, where amounts could reach, and locally exceed, the 20-cm mark by the time it winds down later Thursday.

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However, somewhat milder air in more southern areas of the Maritimes, such as Atlantic coastal Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy, could see some of their precipitation allotment fall as rain, by around 10 mm through Thursday.

Southern portions of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula are also likely to see at least some rain once the storm pushes into the province later Thursday.

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Powerful winds will develop as well, with some coastal areas seeing gusts of 60-80+ km/h at times.

As ever, people in areas that saw snow from the passing system should prepare for blowing snow.

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WEEKEND: MESSY SYSTEM DEVELOPS LATE SATURDAY, WATCHING FOR MORE WIDESPREAD SNOW

As we head into the final weekend of February, forecasters are also watching for a messy system to develop for late Saturday and into Sunday.

At this time, primarily rain is expected for the southern Maritimes, with snow changing to rain for central sections. The precipitation stays as all snow for the north, with about 5-10 cm expected. Primarily snow will fall for Newfoundland as well, though ending as rain for the Avalon.

An active pattern is expected to continue next week with at least one, and possibly two, high-impact storms that will bring strong winds and a wide variety of messy weather.

Be sure to check back for the latest updates on the active weather pattern persisting across Atlantic Canada.

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