'Blockbuster' storm to strike Atlantic Canada mid-week
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 9:05 AM -
The Maritimes had a snowy Saturday, with more of the same in store for Newfoundland Sunday and Monday, but it's a mid-week storm that has forecasters' attention.
A nor'easter, and a powerful one at that, is brewing in the Atlantic, and it's set to strike Canada's east coast beginning Tuesday night, into Wednesday.
"This has the potential to be to be a massive storm with hurricane force winds and significant storm surge condition, as this storm is expected to develop at an incredible rate," Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani said early Sunday morning. "This will likely bring significant snowfall to most, however rain is not out of the question for some either."
The winds are expected to be extensive enough to cause power outages, Vaswani added.
Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for the incoming system, covering all four Atlantic provinces and parts of Quebec.
A snowy Sunday in Newfoundland
In the meantime, Newfoundland is in for some snow on Sunday, with around 2-5 cm expected in Newfoundland, along with blustery winds, especially in the Avalon Peninsula.
"Blowing snow is possible in that region, as well as possibly in the Maritimes this morning," Vaswani said Sunday morning.
The snow will move out of Newfoundland by the afternoon, Vaswani said, but windy conditions will remain, while in the Maritimes, an Arctic front will push through, bringing the chance of scattered mixed precipitation in Nova Scotia and scattered snow showers in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Much colder conditions are likely in Atlantic Canada Monday, although relatively dry.
Meanwhile, another offshore system developing off of Newfoundland will impact that province on Monday, brining as much as 15 cm of snow to the Avalon peninsula.
That snow starts Monday morning, and going on through the day, along with the threat of blowing snow and a chance of freezing rain or ice pellets along the southern tip of the Avalon.