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Thousands without power as temperature drop looms

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Saturday, January 13, 2018, 8:59 AM - Flooding rain and an expansive area of ice pellets will impact the Maritimes through the weekend, heightening the threat of localized flooding for communities and the potential for ice jams on rivers.

Thousands across the Maritimes remained without power on Saturday, as a potent winter storm continued to bring powerful winds to parts of the region.

Along with the messy weather, a flash freeze will occur from the north to south this weekend, causing the wet and slushy roads to turn to ice and any remaining melted snow on the ground to potentially become an ice rink.

If you have any travel plans or flights departing or arriving across eastern North America into the weekend, be sure to check the weather forecast and flight cancellations before you finalize your plans. 

• Over 14,000 customers without power in Nova Scotia as of 8 a.m. Saturday; 8000 customers without power in New Brunswick 
• Temperatures will begin to fall northwest to southeast across the Maritimes Saturday into Sunday, creating the risk for standing water to freeze
• System departs Saturday night, with temperatures dropping across all Maritimes provinces below freezing Sunday

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VIDEO: Precipitation forecast for the Maritimes

New Brunswick

New Brunswick looks to be hit the hardest by this storm with excessive rain and freezing rain ending with a flash freeze that will cause wet roads and surfaces to become icy.

Periods of rain will continue for much of the province through Saturday. As the rain falls, the already frozen ground will fail to absorb it, with heavy rain hastening the melting of accumulated snow pack so far. The combination of heavy rain with melting snow heightens the risk for localized flooding across many communities. If possible, clear your storm drains to allow the water to drain properly.

Friday overnight, the Arctic front worked its way in, triggering the beginning of a messy change over to freezing rain from the north to south through Saturday.

Freezing rain and flash freeze warnings remained in effect Saturday morning for many areas.  Significant ice accretion is possible as 10-25 mm of freezing rain is forecast, with power outages possible. Freezing rain eventually sinks further south into Fredericton and Moncton Saturday afternoon, with heavy snow building into northern New Brunswick.

By Saturday overnight, the system departs, leaving a few flurries.

Meanwhile, the Arctic front will cause temperatures to plunge well below the freezing mark Saturday afternoon and evening for the south. Be extra cautious if driving or walking, as many roads and surfaces will become icy.

Nova Scotia

As of 8 a.m. Saturday, over 14,00 customers remained without power in Nova Scotia. 

Periods of rain build in west to east into Saturday, continuing on from Friday. 

Rain departs from the west to east Saturday evening and overnight, with a change over to freezing rain possible from Cumberland to Antigonish county and across Cape Breton Saturday evening into the overnight.

Rainfall amounts could be in the range of 25-50 mm, with areas near the Bay of Fundy and southwestern Nova Scotia exceeding 50 mm.

As temperatures begin to slowly fall Saturday overnight through Sunday, standing water may turn to ice, so be careful when driving or walking outside.

Prince Edward Island

A period of freezing may set up across parts of the province on Saturday, with the risk of flash freeze conditions Saturday overnight into Sunday.

Rain will continue for most of Saturday across the province, but a transition to freezing rain across Prince County Saturday morning and eventually Queens county potentially Saturday afternoon.

The band of freezing rain departs Saturday night into the overnight, bringing a brief period of freezing rain into Kings County before the system departs.

Temperatures drop Saturday overnight into Sunday below the freezing mark, with any wet roads or surfaces potentially turning icy.


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