Low to impact Atlantic Canada this weekend


A large low remains on track to deliver a punch to Atlantic Canada this weekend.


Eastern Quebec

Total snowfall amounts could exceed 20 centimetres over eastern sections of Quebec. Strong winds are also expected on Saturday evening.


For Îles-de-la-Madeleine snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 cm is expected. Additionally, there will be wind gusts to 100 km/h.


The snow will begin on Saturday morning and continue through Sunday.


There is also the potential for higher than normal water levels and a risk of storm surge Saturday afternoon.


New Brunswick

The heaviest snow is expected across southern and eastern New Brunswick. In these areas, snowfall will range from 20 to 40 cm. Winds will gust between 80 and 100 km/h. Snow will begin on Saturday morning and continue until Sunday morning.


15 to 20 cm of snow is expected for western sections.


Prince Edward Island

Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 40 cm is expected across the Island. Winds will gust to 100 km/h. Snow will begin on Saturday morning end on Sunday.


Snow will transition to ice pellets or freezing rain for a time late Saturday afternoon but will change back to snow by Sunday morning.


Kings and Queens County will likely change to rain Saturday afternoon before making the transition back to snow Sunday morning.


Storm surge and higher than normal water levels are possible on Saturday afternoon, mainly for the north coast.


Nova Scotia

For eastern mainland Nova Scotia and most of Cape Breton, snowfall amounts will be much less with 5 to 10 cm. There will also be 25 to 50 mm of rain.


Across most of mainland Nova Scotia and portions of western Cape Breton, snowfall amounts of 20 to 40 cm is expected combined with winds gusting between 80 and 100 km/h. For Inverness County - Mabou and north wind gusts to 150 km/h are possible.


Storm surge and higher than normal water levels are possible on Saturday.


Newfoundland and Labrador

Some areas of Newfoundland will see just rain and some areas will see rain and snow.


For Saturday night and Sunday, the west coast and the majority of central will see 5 to 15 cm of snow. Amounts could be 30 cm for parts of northern Newfoundland. 15 to 30 mm of rain is possible. Along the south coast gusts to 70 km/h are possible. Wind gusts to 90 km/h are possible.


Heavy rain and strong winds are expected Saturday night and Sunday for eastern Newfoundland. Rainfall amounts of 25 to 50 mm is expected. Gusts to 100 km/h are possible.


In the Wreckhouse area winds will gust from 80 km/h except 100 km/h on Saturday afternoon, and 140 km/h Saturday evening.


Snow is expected to be the dominant form of precipitation but across southeastern Labrador, snow will change to ice pellets or freezing rain and then rain. Snow will begin before dawn on Sunday. Snow will change to ice pellets or freezing rain Sunday morning and to rain by Sunday afternoon.


Across central and coastal Labrador 20 to 30 cm is expected. Winds will gust between 80 and 100 km/h.

 

This storm has the potential to cause significant travel disruptions across the region. Power outages are also possible.


Ahead of the storm, Marine Atlantic will depart an hour earlier this evening and warns of a potential schedule impact for Saturday and Sunday.


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