Parade of snow storms move through Atlantic Canada
Friday, December 27, 2013, 2:34 PM -
Wintry weather has dominated headlines in Atlantic Canada and that trend is expected to continue into next week.
A low pressure system near Cape Cod is targeting Canada's east coast, bringing snow, rain and gusty winds to the region.
The snow started falling Thursday night and could continue to well into Saturday.
It promises to be messiest in Nova Scotia, with freezing rain possible over much of the south of the province and rain in the Yarmouth area.
The rest of the region, including Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island and much of Newfoundland, will see snow. Up to 20 cm are forecast for the Fundy Shore, northern Nova Scotia, and southern Newfoundland and up to 10 cm elsewhere.
Newfoundland has already seen some of the heaviest accumulations in Atlantic Canada this past week, with only Bathurst seeing more snow than St. John's from Christmas Eve to Christmas morning.
ROUND TWO MOVES IN ON SUNDAY
After a brief break, another system will target the region. This storm could bring snow and strong winds along with the possibility of mixed precipitation in the southern Maritimes.
"Snow will develop across the Maritimes late Sunday and continue through the night and into Monday morning," says Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham.
"Across much of Nova Scotia the snow will change to rain Sunday night with the risk for a period of freezing rain."
North of a line from Fredericton to Moncton and Charlottetown the precipitation should be in the form of snow, with the potential for substantial accumulation, Gillham adds.
"Snow will spread into Newfoundland early Monday and continue through the day, though the snow will likely mix with or change to rain across the Burin and Avalon peninsulas."
Fortunately, the weather is expected to improve just in time for New Year's Eve.
Meanwhile, thousands of New Brunswickers are still without power after last weekend's ice storm, along with tens of thousands more people in Quebec and Ontario.