Miserable, wintry weather ends the week in Atlantic Canada
Friday, April 20, 2018, 10:00 AM - As much of the country gears up for a spectacular spring weather weekend, another storm with many miserable, winter qualities is rounding out the week in Atlantic Canada. That's before a gradual warming trend that could leave parts of the region "rather mild" for the end of the month. Hope IS in sight. More on that below.
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- Widespread snow and rain across the Maritimes through Friday
- Snow spreads into Newfoundland by Friday with fair, but chilly conditions expected behind the system
- Peak wind gusts up to 70 km/h possible for the Avalon through Friday
- Stalled low could bring up to 50 cm of snow to Labrador through the weekend
WATCH BELOW: TIMING OF NEXT STORM SYSTEM
WIDESPREAD SNOW AND RAIN TO FINISH THE WEEK
The same system that brought scattered snow flurries and late November-like temperatures across the Great Lakes region mid week continued to push into the Maritimes with widespread snow and rain on Thursday. That wintry mix will continue through the day as wrap around moisture and cooler air funnels back into the region.
WATCH BELOW: SNOW FALLING IN HALIFAX IN LATE APRIL
"Estimates for snowfall accumulation were much heavier for parts of New Brunswick earlier this week, but these numbers have now dropped to the 2-5 cm range for both New Brunswick and P.E.I.," says Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm. "However, Cape Breton and southwestern Newfoundland could pick up 15 cm of snow through Friday."
HEAVY SNOW PROMPTS WARNINGS IN LABRADOR
Rain will fall across eastern Newfoundland Friday with more snow for the western parts of the province continuing through Saturday. Periods of freezing rain have also been reported, which forced morning cancellations at St. John's Airport on Friday.
Peak wind gusts up to 70 km/h are possible for the Avalon through Friday with even higher gusts up to 80 km/h likely over the Burin and western Avalon.
Meanwhile, snowfall warnings were issued for parts of Labrador with the low pressure system expected to stall southeast of the region for most of the weekend. This will bring an extended period of snow to the mid Labrador coast.
"Snow will increase in intensity tonight and continue through the day on Saturday, with the largest amounts expected over higher terrain," says Environment Canada in the warning. "Total snowfall accumulations of 50 cm are possible before snow tapers to flurries Sunday afternoon, with 20 to 30 cm expected by Saturday evening."
This latest spring dumping will add to the already significant snow coverage.
WARMING TREND AHEAD
Conditions across most of Atlantic Canada will improve through the weekend with temperatures remaining on the chilly side of seasonal. Sunshine and a warming trend however, is set to the dominate the forecast for early and middle of next week.
"The warm pattern reaches the Avalon by mid week with several days of very mild weather expected," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "The end of April looks rather mild for Newfoundland."