Four days of snow expected as poky storm wanders over East Coast

Like a cat in the doorway who can’t decide if he’s coming in or going out, a stormy low will spin over Atlantic Canada and dump snow for days.

A dynamic storm with a long and storied history will make itself at home over Atlantic Canada in the coming days, bringing a prolonged period of snow to parts of the region as the system meanders into next week.

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The system moving over the East Coast this weekend has its roots in the powerful Colorado low that pounded the U.S. with relentless blizzards and deadly tornadoes earlier this week.

Some of that system’s energy poured into a new low-pressure system that developed off the coast of New England and made a beeline for the Maritimes.

Special weather statements and snowfall warnings are already in effect across New Brunswick, where some of the heaviest snow accumulations are possible.

The snow will start over southern New Brunswick on Saturday morning, spreading to the rest of the province throughout the day.

"The nature of the snow will be wet, therefore, blowing snow is not expected," says Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) in its snowfall warning.

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Marginal temperatures across southern New Brunswick and northern Nova Scotia will make predicting the snowfall accumulations a bit tricky, as the precipitation may mix with rain at times.

Since the storm will stall out over the region, this will be a long-duration event, with scattered precipitation continuing throughout Monday and Tuesday of next week.


Folks across the Gulf in Newfoundland can expect rain and wet snow from the system, with mostly rain falling on the Avalon Peninsula.

Forecasters are closely watching the potential for another storm to develop over the western Atlantic early next week. This storm could bring heavy snow or mixed precipitation to eastern Newfoundland on Tuesday as it tracks north and east into the region.

Yet another large and strong storm could impact the region late next week and weekend for Christmas.

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