Winter's not done yet: Gloomy weekend looms for Atlantic Canada
Friday, March 21, 2014, 8:33 AM -
After the winter it's been, it should really come as no surprise that snow and poor traveling conditions welcomed the first day of spring in parts of Atlantic Canada Thursday.
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"A messy mix of precipitation fell across the Maritimes throughout the day Thursday, lasting until Friday morning," says Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm. "Northern New Brunswick and Gaspe saw notable snowfall accumulations, while a mix of snow and rain fell in the south of New Brunswick, with rain predominantly falling in Nova Scotia."
The stormy conditions prompted school closures in parts of New Brunswick, where up to 20 cm of snow was recorded.
"Clearing is expected through the Maritimes as the system impacts Newfoundland Friday," Soderholm adds. "Rainfall amounts in the 10-15 mm range are expected for the Avalon, while 5-10 cm of snow is expected in the northwest of the province."
Strong winds with gusts over 100 km/h are also possible, which could produce poor viisbilities in blowing snow, especially over the great Northern Peninsula.
"Yet another system will move into the region early Saturday evening accompanied by a similar messy mix; rain again for Nova Scotia, while snow is on tap for New Brunswick and PEI."