Atlantic: Blowing snow for some, clear skies for others
Saturday, November 24, 2018, 8:44 AM - The powerful system that's been hammering Atlantic Canada with blizzard conditions and heavy snow is finally easing its way out of the region. Saturday will dawn to much better conditions almost across the board -- with the exception of western Newfoundland, where a last punch of hefty snowfall and treacherous driving conditions is still in the cards. Much of the rest of the region will see much kinder weather this weekend, however. More on what's left of the snow, and the surprising change coming to some areas this weekend, below.
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- Blowing snow advisories remain in effect for some eastern and northern portions of Newfoundland
- 15-30 cm of snow for parts of Labrador including Happy Valley-Goose Bay before snow ends
- Cape Breton snow squalls ease through early Saturday
- Milder, quieter weekend for most, ahead of next system early next week
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WATCH BELOW: WEEKEND SNOW, TIMING
DANGEROUS SQUALLS, TOUGH DRIVING CONDITIONS
While the bulk of the storm is on its way out of Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador remain in the cross hairs one more day, as strong onshore winds continue to spark heavy snowfall and pose significant risk of damage.
Accumulations will total near 50 cm for the hardest hit parts of Labrador, with 20+cm expected in heavy snow bands for western Newfoundland.
In addition, strong winds will continue to make for extremely difficult travel through Saturday.
"Travel is expected to be extremely hazardous due to reduced visibility," warns Environment Canada. "Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone."
WATCH BELOW: WIND GUSTS EASE -- FINALLY THROUGH SATURDAY
FIRST CLEAR WEEKEND IN AT LEAST A MONTH
Although the frigid weather will linger into the start of the weekend, it comes courtesy of some Arctic high pressure, and that means a few days of clearer weather over the weekend, finally.
"The milder weather will gradually spread west to east into the region through the weekend, with nothing but some rain showers on Sunday for the Maritimes," says Gillham, adding that this is likely the first "clear" weekend without damaging winds and wintry weather the region has seen in at least one month's time.
Enjoy the break because as of early next week, another significant system looks to stream off the U.S. East Coast, impacting the Maritimes through Monday and Tuesday.
The track is still uncertain, but preliminary indications are showing rain for the southern Maritimes, specifically Nova Scotia.