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  • Writer's pictureKyle Sooley-Brookings

Powerful storm hitting Atlantic Canada


A weather system moving through the region is bringing stormy weather to the Maritimes and will make for a stormy weekend across Newfoundland and parts of Labrador.


New Brunswick

Snow will continue across the province until this afternoon when central areas will change to freezing rain and southeastern areas will change to rain.


Across northern New Brunswick, snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 cm is expected and freezing rain for about three to six hours. Precipitation will continue until Saturday evening.


A long-duration freezing rain event is likely across central New Brunswick. There is the potential for significant power outages and travel will be dangerous.


Across southern and central New Brunswick, including Moncton and Fredericton, snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm and rainfall of 20 to 40 mm is expected.


Across southeastern New Brunswick, 40 to 60 mm of rain is expected this morning until Saturday evening.


Prince Edward Island

Rain will continue across the province until Saturday afternoon when central and western areas will change to freezing rain and eventually snow. Rainfall of 40 mm is expected across Kings County. For Queens County, rainfall amounts of 40 mm is expected and 20 cm of snow. Prince Country will see 40 mm of rain, 20 cm of snow, and a long-duration freezing rain event.


This storm will have the potential to cause significant power outages and travel will be dangerous.


Nova Scotia

Rain is falling across Nova Scotia and the rain will persist until Saturday. Rainfall of 50 to 100 mm is expected. The rain will cause localized flooding.


Additionally strong winds are expected this afternoon until this evening for Margaree Harbour to Bay St. Lawrence. Gusts to 130 km/h are possible.


Newfoundland and Labrador

There are several weather alerts in effect across the province.


Snow will push across Newfoundland beginning this evening and will very quickly change to rain for all of Newfoundland except for the Great Northern Peninsula.


On Saturday afternoon parts of central Newfoundland and the Gros Morne to Corner Brook area will change from rain to freezing rain. A long-duration freezing rain event is possible for central Newfoundland. On Saturday snow will continue on the Great Northern Peninsula, and rain will continue for the south coast and the Avalon Peninsula.


By Sunday, snow will come to an end on the Great Northern Peninsula and precipitation will wind down along the west coast. Snow and freezing rain continues in central, rain will continue for the south coast and the Avalon Peninsula.


This storm will have the potential to cause significant power outages in central and western Newfoundland and travel will be dangerous.


Before this storm even moves out another one is headed our way for Monday and Tuesday. Details will follow on this next storm.


Travel

Marine Atlantic has cancelled all crossings for today and advised that crossings scheduled for Saturday morning, Sunday evening, and all day Monday could be impacted.


Wind conditions may result in restrictions of traffic on the Confederation Bridge commencing today and ending early this afternoon.

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