Late-day brief: Nor'easter impacts most of eastern Canada, a state of emergency in the west
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 4:07 PM - The Weather Network remains in Storm Watch ahead of a powerful nor'easter set to bring snowy and messy weather to eastern Canada, including Ontario and Quebec. On the west coast, heavy rain has caused localized flooding, prompting a state of emergency in the city of Courtneay.
Weather statements cover most of the east coast with snow and rain expected to debut Tuesday evening.
- New Brunswick: Winter storm, rainfall and freezing rain warnings cover the province, warning of potentially hazardous conditions. Areas north of Fredericton and west of Bathurst could get 20-30 cm of snow with more expected in the higher elevations. Freezing rain or a rain-snow mix is likely in areas north of the Fundy coast. Up to 80 mm of rain is expected in the bay, reaching 100 mm locally.
- Nova Scotia: "Significant rainfall is expected Wednesday into Thursday," Environment Canada says in a special weather statement issued for parts of the province. up to 100 mm of rain is possible by Thursday from Halifax west. Wind warning are in effect for Shelburne Country, with gusts up to 90 km/h along the coast expected.
- Newfoundland: The system will impact the island from pre-dawn Thursday to Saturday. Up to 10 cm of snow could accumulate in the west and 15-30 mm of rain in the east, including the Avalon. Gusts in excess of 80 km/h will be present along the coast.
Quebec and Ontario
The nor'easter's effects will be felt in central Canada also, particularly southern Quebec and eastern Ontario.
- Eastern Ontario: The Nor'easter is expected to hit as early as Tuesday afternoon lasting through to Friday. The greatest impact will be Wednesday. Up to 20 cm of snow is expected for the Ottawa and Cornwall regions, along with gusty winds.
- Toronto area: Southern Ontario will start to feel the nor'easter Wednesday afternoon, lasting through to Thursday, making for a lousy commute. 5-10 cm of snowfall accumulation is possible in the Greater Toronto Area, with higher amounts along the east end.
- Quebec: Winter storm warnings are in effect in the eastern townships, with up to 35 cm accumulation expected in some places. Wind gusts up to 80 km per hour may accompany the snow. Motorists in Ontario and Quebec are being warned to prepare for blowing snow. Impacted areas could see rapidly reduced visibility.
- Alberta: A significant warm-up is expected Tuesday, with Edmonton hitting a high of 6oC on Tuesday. Calgary will get close to 9oC .
- British Columbia: Wind and rainfall warnings cover the south coast and Vancouver Island. The rain will ease up midday Tuesday, in time for another round that develops Tuesday night, continuing Wednesday. A combination of high tide and heavy rain has caused flooding in the community of Courtenay, prompting a local state of emergency.
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