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Cold rain, wet snow make for miserable spring weekend in Atlantic Canada

Saturday, April 17th 2021, 6:10 am - Many Maritimers will be waking up to a dash of April snow Saturday, though this system mostly promises a cold rain, with Newfoundland next up.

A messy spring storm's effects began impacting the Maritimes Friday night, bringing a shot of late-season snow or a rain-snow mix into Saturday for the Maritimes, though any snowfall amounts will be relatively light, as this will be mostly a rainfall event. Newfoundland sees its effects Saturday night through Sunday. More details on impact and timing, below.

SATURDAY: SYSTEM CONTINUES THROUGH THE DAY, NEWFOUNDLAND NEXT

Most of the snow that falls will come overnight across much of the Maritimes, and only in parts of Cape Breton do forecasters expect any significant amounts.

Elsewhere, the snow will mostly be found in New Brunswick, along with some parts of eastern Nova Scotia.

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Any snow that does fall will rapidly switch over to rain through the morning Saturday, with it gradually ending into the evening as the system's effects reach Newfoundland, slowly spreading across the island through the overnight.

SUNDAY AND BEYOND: RAIN FOR NEWFOUNDLAND, FAIRER WEEK AHEAD

The system will track near enough to Newfoundland to bring a bit of rain, though far enough that what falls there will be heaviest on the Avalon, where some 15-25 mm of rain is possible.

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Back across the Gulf, Nova Scotia's Atlantic Coast will be in a similar range, with showers also likely across the rest of the Maritimes except for northern New Brunswick, where only trace amounts, if any, are expected.

Beyond, things look mostly fair and near or slightly above seasonal early next week. St. John’s will even finally see a few days with some sunshine and milder temperatures.

The mid to late week looks more unsettled for the Maritimes, with a system tracking across the region and a quick shot of colder weather.

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Be sure to check back for the latest updates on the April weather across Atlantic Canada

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