Nor'easter to bring heavy snow, rainfall and freezing rain to Atlantic Canada
Sunday, March 30, 2014, 6:40 AM -
A new nor'easter taking aim at Atlantic Canada this weekend, bringing heavy snow, freezing rain and strong winds to the region.
Though not nearly as potent as the record-breaking storm that just occurred, this new system will bring enough of a messy mix to create travel hazards for some areas.
The low began as snow in Nova Scotia Saturday night into Sunday morning over Cape Breton before changing to a mixture of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain later Sunday morning.
"Should the track of this system shift slightly northward," writes Environment Canada in a special weather statement, "it is possible that northern mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton could see an extended period of freezing rain on Sunday and/or Monday that may require a warning to be issued."
Up to 60 mm of rainfall is expected for parts of Nova Scotia, while 5-10 cm of snow is possible north before the changeover to rain.
New Brunswick will see the heaviest snowfall with this system.
"Ten to 20 centimetres of snow is expected for the south, while the north can see 20 to 35 cm," adds Ressler.
Additionally, substantial freezing rain and ice pellets are possible across southern and central areas.
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The system will begin as snow for P.E.I. Sunday morning, then change over to an extended period of freezing rain in the evening.
"The freezing rain will persist for most of the night, but is expected to change to rain late overnight over the eastern half of the island," says EC.
On Monday and Tuesday, the system will change back to flurries over much of the province.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
As for Newfoundland, the island will feel the storm's sting by Sunday night or early Monday morning, where it will continue into Tuesday.
"There's still some uncertainty, but significant snowfall accumulations are possible," says Ressler.
The province will be affected by a weak low pressure system Saturday ahead, bringing general amounts of 4-8 cm of snow.