Atlantic Canada buried by blizzard, another nor'easter nears
Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 7:35 AM - Blizzard conditions brought parts of Atlantic Canada to a screeching halt on Monday, with the hardest-hit areas recovering from nearly 80 cm of snow. Though the worst of the storm has passed, on its heels is another nor'easter set to impact the Maritimes Wednesday night through Thursday, bringing an additional 10 to 20 cm of snow.
But first: Newfoundland remains in the line of fire Tuesday with up to 50 cm of snow expected for the Avalon Peninsula.
Here's a look at how this week's weather unfolds for Atlantic Canada.
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- Heavy snowfall and strong winds across shift eastward Tuesday; P.E.I. and northern Nova Scotia blanketed by blizzard warnings.
- The system departs the Maritimes on Tuesday, Fredericton reported 79 cm of snow; among the hardest-hit with this system.
- Blowing snow, reduced visibility, and power outages, remain for the Maritimes Tuesday.
- Snow moved into Newfoundland overnight Monday, continuing Tuesday, triggering blizzard and winter storm warnings.
- Up to 60 cm of snow is expected over parts of the Avalon through Wednesday
- Another nor'easter is headed for Atlantic Canada Wednesday overnight, delivering another 10 to 20 cm of snow.
Widespread closures -- including schools, public transportation, businesses, many government services, and some heath care services -- took place across the Maritimes Monday as the storm brought gusting winds and heavy snow to the region. Thousands of customers in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia remain without power Tuesday, with many facilities and services still closed or on delay.
Though flights continue to be delayed and/or cancelled across Atlantic Canada, Fredericton Airport has announced that it reopened at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning; however, New Brunswick's capital city was among the hardest hit yesterday with up to 79 cm of snow.
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As the low-pressure system slides south of the island, southern parts of Newfoundland can expect a widespread 20 to 35 cm of snow through Tuesday. The south coast of the island is under a wind warning, with strong northeasterly gusts of up to 110 km/h are expected to cause blowing snow.
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St. John's can expect to see 40 to 60 cm of snow, with blizzard conditions expected in the area due to heavy snow and wind gusts of up to 100 km/h.
"The public is also advised that higher than normal water levels and pounding surf can be expected during high tide [Tuesday] morning and again [Tuesday] evening, especially in areas exposed to the east and northeast," Environment Canada cautioned in a statement.
Newfoundland will see its heaviest snowfall from mid-morning through mid-afternoon Tuesday, before easing later in the day.
"Snow will likely become heavy at times again [Tuesday] evening before finally tapering off during the day on Wednesday," Environment Canada notes.
The Next One
Yet another nor'easter is gearing up to hit the Maritimes overnight Wednesday through Thursday, bringing another bout of strong winds and heavy snow.
"Heaviest snowfall tracks further north into New Brunswick, with some rain mixed in for Nova Scotia," says Weather Network meteorologist Nadine Hinds-Powell.
New Brunswick, once more, will likely be the hardest-hit province with the incoming storm, Weather Network meteorologist Kevin MacKay says.
The region will finally catch a break by the weekend and into early next week, with above-seasonal temperatures on the horizon.
Check back for updates as we continue to monitor the incoming storm.