STORM WATCH: New nor'easter targets Atlantic Canada
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 2:02 PM -
"Nor'easter" is not a popular word in Atlantic Canada right now, after the huge storm that raged through the region earlier this week.
The storm put up some impressive wind speed numbers and snowfall totals, slightly compounded by another system that brought mostly rain to Nova Scotia and light flurries elsewhere.
But although Saturday will be a nice day across the region, with temperatures nearing 10°C, there is yet another nor'easter on its way to the region.
"The next east coast storm will track up the spine of the Appalachians today, arriving in the Maritimes late this evening into the overnight," Weather Network meteorologist Gina Ressler said early Saturday morning.
If your hackles are already raised, take heart: Ressler says it won't be a repeat of Wednesday's storm.
"It will bring more of a messy mix to Atlantic Canada due to milder temperatures," she said.
Downpours in Nova Scotia, snowfall in New Brunswick
While the last nor'easter was mostly one for snow and very strong winds, Ressler says this one will bring at-times heavy rain to parts of Nova Scotia, where rainfall warnings were already in effect for areas west of Halifax.
That's where the heaviest amounts are expected to fall, but there will be plenty of rain in the rest of the province, along with parts of Prince Edward Island and southern New Brunswick up to Fredericton.
Along with rainfall, freezing rain warnings are also up for much of the rest of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick's Fundy Shore.
That's where you're likeliest to see freezing rain and/or a rain snow mix on Sunday as the nor'easter rolls through.
As for the dreaded snow, northern and central New Brunswick are in for the worst of it this time, with snowfall warnings already up for much of those regions.
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," Ressler said.
The province will be affected by a weak low pressure system Saturday ahead, bringing general amounts of 4-8 cm of snow.
STORM WATCH: Nathan Coleman and Suzanne Leonard will be on the ground Saturday and Sunday for live updates on this storm. Tune in on TV.