Monday, February 15th 2021, 7:47 pm - A powerful winter storm is poised to fall upon Atlantic Canada, bringing everything from snow and ice pellets, to an extended period of freezing rain through Tuesday.
A powerful winter storm with a messy mix of precipitation will soon complicate travel across Atlantic Canada. By Tuesday morning, temperatures will be warm enough to support a period of freezing rain or ice pellets across much of southern New Brunswick, northern Nova Scotia, central Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island. A copius amount of snow for much of New Brunswick is also tracking in. For a closer look at what to expect, and where, see below.
- System will be in full swing in the Maritimes by Tuesday morning, reaching Newfoundland later in the day
- Ice pellets, extended period of freezing rain, and snow across much of the Atlantic region
- Another high-impact, messy storm anticipated to move in at the end of the week
TUESDAY: WINTRY SYSTEM TO BRING SNOW, POSSIBLE FREEZING RAIN, ICE PELLETS, RAIN
The effects of this potent system will be in full swing across much of the region by Tuesday morning. The effects of this system will be worsened by a temperature differential that will leave large swaths of the region facing freezing through the morning hours.
This system will manifest as several hours of freezing rain and/or ice pellets for parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, as well as for much of Newfoundland once the system reaches there later in the day Tuesday.
Southern New Brunswick will see ice pellets late morning before reaching northern areas of the province, as well as P.E.I, in the afternoon.
Nova Scotia will also see a prolonged period of ice pellets begin in the morning before changing over to freezing rain. This will gradually transition to rain from southwest to northeast across Nova Scotia through the day.
ANOTHER FEBRUARY STORM SET TO HIT ATLANTIC CANADA, THIS TIME WITH FREEZING RAIN
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.
As messy as that will all be, keep in mind that the system's overnight effects will be all-snow, and for much of New Brunswick will remain that way, with roughly 15-20 cm.
Snow is forecast to spread across Newfoundland Tuesday afternoon. The precipitation could change to rain or freezing rain over southern parts of the island, whereas the snow may be mixed with ice pellets through central and western portions in the evening hours. Conditions are expected to improve on Wednesday.
Accompanying this wintry mess will be blustery winds. The Maritimes may see gusts up to 60 km/h, but areas along the Gulf of St. Lawrence could see upwards of 90 km/h wind gusts. Most areas in Newfoundland will see gusts of 50-70 km/h, though possibly exceeding 100 km/h for the Wreckhouse area Tuesday night. By Wednesday, winds will change to a southwesterly direction, gusting to the 70-90 km/h range.
Power outages are possible because of the blustery winds and ice accretion in parts of the Maritimes.
Beyond, another high-impact storm is expected at the end of the week with the potential for a wide variety of messy weather once more.
Be sure to check back as we continue to monitor the active setup across Atlantic Canada.