Atlantic: New major storm targets Newfoundland
Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 8:07 PM - After yet another stormy start to the week (with effects petering out Tuesday evening) Wednesday looks to bring something that's been in short supply recently in eastern Canada -- a break from the active weather. Toward week's end, however, that break is expected to come to an end -- and the potential is there for it to end with a bang, as we track a potent low pressure system. More on that, plus the CONTINUING pattern of unsettled weather, below.
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- Sea-enhanced snow will add to totals for Cape Breton, western Newfoundland through Tuesday
- Potential for major winter-like storm late week; 20 to 30 cm and blizzard conditions possible for parts of Newfoundland
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THE NEXT ONE TO WATCH - POTENTIAL FOR 20 CM+ AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS
The storm that battered Newfoundland Monday had effects that lingered into Tuesday, with some sea effect snow for parts of Cape Breton and western Newfoundland in particular.
Looking ahead, a strong low pressure system is expected to be brewing off the U.S. Eastern Seaboard on Thursday, and the track of that storm will be one to watch when it comes to late week weather for Atlantic Canada. While it's too early to know what the exact track will be, confidence is increasing that a significant winter storm is on the way for southeastern Newfoundland on Thursday.
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The exact impacts of this storm will, of course, depend on its eventual track. A path further out to sea could see it avoid Atlantic Canada altogether, and while that's still possible, model consensus is trending away from a near-miss, and toward a direct hit, at least for eastern Newfoundland and the Avalon Peninsula.
If this wintry wallop does stay on target for Newfoundland, 10 to 20 cm is likely across much of eastern Newfoundland Thursday through Friday morning, with 20+ cm more likely for the Avalon. Add to that strong winds, with gusts in excess of 70 km/h expected, and we're looking at blizzard conditions by early Friday morning.
SHORT BREAK BEFORE MORE ON THE WAY
Eastern Canada's active storm pattern seems set to continue into mid-December, as yet another storm on the horizon is catching forecasters' attention. "We're closely watching a system next week that will bring a major winter storm to the Southeast U.S. and then track out to sea," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "Most of the models keep the storm too far out to sea to have a significant impact on the region, but this system definitely warrants watching, as it has the potential to take a track close enough to the coast to impact southern Atlantic Canada."
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