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Active pattern refuses to give up over Atlantic Canada

Tuesday, December 3rd 2019, 7:30 am - Prolonged freezing rain and heavy snow has prompted widespread closures amid treacherous travel conditions in Atlantic Canada.

After leaving a swath of active, messy weather across the United States and Great Lakes, a Colorado low will make its final stop on the continent in Atlantic Canada, ramping up its impacts Tuesday. Treacherous travel and widespread school closures have been reported as the system spreads heavy snow and freezing rain across the region through early Wednesday. More on the timing of this latest wintry mess, plus a look at the active pattern that refuses to give up over Atlantic Canada, below.

Visit our Complete Guide to Winter 2019/2020 for an in depth look at the Winter Forecast, tips to plan for it and a sneak peek at the spring season next year


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • System's effects intensify into Tuesday with rain, snow, freezing rain and ice pellets expected to linger through mid-week
  • Significant snow over northern and central New Brunswick prompts widespread school closures
  • Next system develops south of the Maritimes on Thursday bringing more snow, rain and gusty winds
  • Stay aware of ALERTS in your area

WATCH BELOW: TRACKING AN ACTIVE WEEK FOR ATLANTIC CANADA

A mid-week storm, fuelled by the Colorado low that tracked significant snow and ice across the Great lakes over the weekend, is blasting much of Atlantic Canada with some potent winter conditions.

"Downtown Halifax is a sheet of ice," tweeted The Weather Network's Nathan Coleman late Monday night as a prolonged period of freezing rain left city streets and sidewalks next to impossible to navigate.

Freezing rain warnings remained in placed for parts of Nova Scotia early Tuesday, but as temperatures continue to rise, precipitation will transition to straight rain, which will continue throughout most of the day.

"Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas," Environment Canada warns.

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HEAVY SNOW CLOSES MOST SCHOOLS IN NEW BRUNSWICK

Parts of southern New Brunswick are also in line for an extended period of freezing rain and ice pellets Tuesday before the precipitation gradually changes back to snow from west to east through the afternoon hours.

The heaviest snow is expected across northern and central sections of the province with as much as 30 cm possible by the time all is said and done. That prompted most schools to close for the day, with drivers being warned to brace for difficult and slippery travel.

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A swath of freezing rain will also reach Newfoundland Tuesday afternoon, with amounts up to 10 mm possible for central and western parts of the island as the precipitation moves northward.

The freezing rain will persist into early Wednesday before transitioning over to rain and gradually drying out through the day.

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FROM THE MET DESK: FREEZING RAIN OR ICE PELLETS? WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

This won't be the end of the messy, wintry weather this week either as the very active pattern continues with three more storms expected during the next eight days.

"Another system will develop south of the Maritimes on Thursday and bring snow to Cape Breton including Sydney and across western Newfoundland," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

The next system after that will take a similar track over the weekend, while the following system that takes aim for next week will track much further to the north, bringing rain to much of the region.

Stay with us here at The Weather Network for your latest forecast updates as we track these upcoming systems.

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