Wintry mix slows commute in Atlantic Canada
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 7:44 AM -
Special weather statements covered much of Atlantic Canada Monday with the threat for a wintry weather mix expected Monday night through Tuesday.
"A trough of low pressure south of the Great Lakes will push east and through the northeastern U.S. on Monday and then through the Maritimes overnight into Tuesday," said Environment Canada in the statement.
Precipitation associated with this system began as snow Monday afternoon slowing the evening commute in some places.
"I think you’d be safe to call this a fairly light dusting of snow here in Halifax," said The Weather Network's Nathan Coleman Monday night. "But it was its arrival right as everyone was driving home from work that made for quite the messy commute."
Between 5-10 cm of snow fell across the Maritimes, with a change over to rain expected as temperatures rise on Tuesday.
There's also a risk for freezing rain and ice pellets, which could result in slippery driving conditions.
As a result, motorists are urged to prepare for slick conditions and adjust travel plans accordingly.
In Newfoundland, the risk for snow continues Tuesday, with up to 15 cm forecast by the time all is said and done.