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Atlantic: 'Chaotic forecast' shows unsettled pattern will continue

Sunday, December 15th 2019, 7:54 pm - Eyes are on several systems that could bring active weather to Atlantic Canada this week.

The winds that are associated with the system that began impacting Atlantic Canada this weekend will peak on Monday morning and will make for a blustery start to the week. The unsettled conditions are expected to continue throughout the week and forecasters are watching several systems that could impact the region. Details and timing, below.


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Prolonged wind event through Monday, gusts over 100 km/h expected
  • Strong winds Monday raise risk for power outages, downed trees after rain/snow melt
  • Sharp temperature drop between Sunday and Monday
  • Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area

MONDAY -- DAMAGING WIND POTENTIAL, SHARP TEMPERATURE DROP

The potential for damaging winds increases on Monday as the low pressure system begins to move northeast over Labrador. That will also mean that, unlike Sunday's warm winds, these strong gusts will be from the northwest, bringing much colder air back into the region.

WATCH BELOW: WIND GUST TIMING

Powerful wind gusts -- higher than 100 km/h in some cases -- are expected again across much of the Maritimes and Newfoundland through Monday evening. In the wake of the weekend's heavy rain, the risk for power outages due to downed trees will be higher, thanks to soggy soil.

Ferocious snow squalls will impact parts of western Newfoundland throughout Monday and will begin to ease in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday.

Temperatures will also drop sharply on Monday, with cold air pushing in through the day and making overnight temperatures warmer than the morning.

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TUESDAY -- CHILLY WITH BURSTS OF SNOW POSSIBLE

The Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton describes this week's weather as a "chaotic forecast" because there are several systems to look out for -- on Tuesday one system will clip Atlantic Canada and on Thursday a cold trough will slide over the region and could bring another period of unsettled weather.

"There is the potential for some significant snow with this, but at this point, it does not look like a major storm for the region," adds The Weather Network's Dr. Doug Gillham.

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