Weekend deep-freeze puts the chill on Atlantic Canada
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 4:54 PM - Atlantic Canada gets a well-deserved break from the stormy weather this weekend, in the wake of the major winter storm that pummeled the region earlier this week. A few communities still have to endure some bouts with sea-effect snow, but the weekend will be marked by Arctic high pressure edging in from the west. That means clearer skies and calmer weather, but it comes at the cost of bitter cold. We look at how long the cold snap lasts, and the powerful storm expected to clip the region next week, below.
- Sea-effect snow continues into the weekend for parts of Cape Breton, western Newfoundland and the Fundy coast
- Arctic air makes for a cold weekend in the Maritimes
- Forecasters eyeing a potential nor'easter that may have some impact on the region next week
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A far cry from the travel disruptions and school closures of the previous week, much of Atlantic Canada is looking at tranquil -- albeit cold -- conditions for this weekend. That said, it is still the middle of January, and that means at least a few will be seeing the flakes fly on Saturday and Sunday.
"An upper trough swinging over Atlantic Canada will continue to spark sea-effect for areas northeast of the Bay of Fundy, western Cape Breton and southwestern Newfoundland," Weather Network meteorologist Kevin MacKay says. "The most persistent bands will be in western Newfoundland where 10 to 15 cm is possible."
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Building cold will be the story of the weekend for most, as an Arctic high pressure centre edges its way into the region and pushes temperatures well below average, even for this time of the year. Daytime highs will be a good 10 degrees below average for most of the Maritimes through Sunday, and only slight moderation expected into the new work-week.
Looking ahead to next week, what's left of the major winter storm rolling across the eastern United States is expected to clip past Atlantic Canada. Thus far, models have been somewhat divided on how close this system will pass, with some picking up on a major winter storm for parts of Newfoundland, and others taking the system entirely out to sea.
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"The track is still highly uncertain -- it is still possible that the storm escapes out to sea, warns Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "But we think it is more likely the system will have a significant impact on Newfoundland with heavy snow and strong winds," Gillham says, adding that it is possible the Avalon would see a transition to rain as well.
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