Snow, rain and risk of flooding as nor'easter pummels Atlantic Canada
Sunday, March 30, 2014, 9:06 PM -
Environment Canada warnings are in full effect for parts of the region, spreading to cover all of the Maritimes and the south of Newfoundland, with rain, freezing rain and snow in the hopper as the day wears on.
The storm began moving into the region overnight Saturday, and will continue to make its way across the Maritimes through Sunday, affecting Newfoundland beginning Sunday night.
And due to a warm front, parts of the region may see a mixing period that could make for dangerous driving.
The storm is expected to strike hardest in central and northern New Brunswick in terms of snowfall.
Even areas south of Fredericton and in Prince Edward Island, which are not in the areas forecast to receive the most, are on track for up to 15 cm, more than enough to make for a bad drive for anyone on the road Sunday.
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The New Brunswick government is urging residents to watch for flooding today as a storm moves into the area.
It says ice movement and the formation of ice jams could result in rapid water level increases and localized flooding. In Newfoundland, the system will pick up by the late night Sunday.
Southern parts of the island could receive as much as 25 cm of snow and ice pellets, but parts of the Avalon Peninsula, snow will begin later Monday, into Tuesday morning, with up to 35 cm possible in some areas.
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EC is warning of potentially hazardous winds in the Wreckhouse area of southwestern Newfoundland. Warnings are in place for the region, as gusts could reach up to 100 km/h.
Nova Scotia, meanwhile, doesn't have any snowfall or winter storm watches or warnings in effect, and is instead on tap for a prolonged period of rain and freezing rain.
The system will begin with some snow, but as a warm front passes over the province, that will quickly switch over to rain throughout the day in Western Nova Scotia, the south shore, and the Fundy Coast of both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
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Most rainfall warnings are accompanied by freezing rain warnings, due to the transition period along the warm front.
The system will take a similar path in PEI, with precipitation expected to change back from ice pellets to snow on Monday.
"The snow will persist Monday night and significant snowfall is possible," writes EC in a special weather statement.
The system is expected to impact Atlantic Canada through Wednesday. We encourage you to check back for regular updates on this developing system.