Full gamut of winter weather headed to Atlantic Canada
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7:03 PM -
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As we continue to inch closer to spring, the season seems to be drifting further away.
That's especially true for Atlantic Canada, where significant snow is forecast this week.
Blizzard and snowfall warnings cover parts of New Brunswick, winter storm warnings are in effect for parts of P.E.I. and rainfall warnings cover portions of Nova Scotia.
"The Clipper system that moved through Ontario Monday will move into the Maritimes Tuesday bringing light flurries, with a chance of mixing behind the snow as a warm front pushes through," says Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter.
Between 2 and 5 centimetres of snow is expected across parts of the Maritimes through Wednesday with up to 10 cm possible in Newfoundland.
Parts of Nova Scotia -- including the city of Halifax -- could see up to 40 mm of rain Wednesday night.
"The next system to watch is Wednesday afternoon through Thursday with significant snowfall possible in New Brunswick with mixing likely in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island," Grinter adds.
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"Precipitation with this system moves into the Maritimes Wednesday afternoon, and will continue through Friday morning," says Dayna Vettese, another meteorologist at The Weather Network. "The storm will bring heavy snow to New Brunswick, PEI and western Newfoundland and snow and freezing rain to Nova Scotia."
No freezing rain warnings have been issued yet, but a period of freezing rain or ice pellets is possible pre-dawn Thursday up the shores of the Bay of Fundy.
By Thursday evening, all of the precipitation will change over to snow in the Maritimes.
Up to 35+ cm of snow is forecast in parts of New Brunswick and PEI, while Nova Scotia can expect snow and rain.
"Confidence is high that an impactful winter storm will bring significant snow to Atlantic Canada as well as freezing rain," says Vettese. "The area just west of the freezing rain line in New Brunswick will receive significant snow."