Significant storm to impact Atlantic Canada this weekend


A powerful low will impact Atlantic Canada beginning today. Snow, ice pellets, freezing rain, rain, strong winds, and large waves are anticipated.


New Brunswick

Southern and eastern New Brunswick will receive the heaviest snow with amounts of 15 to 30 cm expected combined with wind gusts to 80 km/h resulting in blowing snow.


Visibility will be significantly reduced and power outages are possible.


5 to 10 cm of snow is possible for central sections of the province including Frederiction. 2 to 4 cm is expected for western areas.


Additionally, there will be large waves up to eight metres on Saturday off the northeastern coast of the province and higher than normal water levels. Some coastal flooding is possible.


Prince Edward Island

Snow will begin this afternoon. The snow will mix with ice pellets. Total snowfall amounts of 30 to 40 cm is possible. There will also be strong winds gusting to 90 km/h resulting in blowing snow. Visibility will be significantly reduced.


Additionally, there will be large waves up to eight metres on Saturday and higher than normal water levels. Some coastal flooding is possible.


There is the potential for power outages.


Nova Scotia

Most of mainland Nova Scotia will see snow. Amounts will range from 15 to 50 cm. Snow will begin tonight and persist into Saturday.


Snowfall amounts will be less for eastern mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. In these areas 30 to 40 mm of rain is possible before a changeover to an extended period of ice pellets, freezing rain or snow overnight or on Saturday. Overnight, an extended period of freezing rain is possible.


Winds will gust to 90 km/h resulting in blowing snow. Visibility will be significantly reduced. There is the potential for power outages.


For western Cape Breton Island and Pictou and Antigonish Counties, storm surge and high waves are expected on Saturday. Waves of six to eight metres are possible. Some coastal flooding is possible.


Newfoundland

The Great Northern Peninsula will see snow, ice pellets and freezing rain. Winds will gust to 70 km/h Saturday and increase from 100 to 120 km/h overnight Saturday into Sunday.


Freezing rain is expected across western and central Newfoundland this afternoon and evening.


Across western and central Newfoundland 20 to 40 mm of rain is possible tonight and tomorrow. Rain will fall over the south coast and Avalon tonight and Saturday. For the Connaigre, Burin, and southern Avalon peninsulas rainfall amounts of 15 to 35 mm is possible. For southwestern Newfoundland, 60 to 80 mm of rain is possible. There is the potential for flooding.


Winds will be gusty across Newfoundland. The strongest winds are expected across the Avalon Peninsula and the Bonavista Peninsula where gusts up to 120 km/h are possible. The strongest winds are expected on Saturday night.


There is the potential for power outages.


Seven metre waves are expected along the south coast and waves of 10 metres are possible for the Avalon and north coast.


Labrador

Across southeastern Labrador from the Labrador coast from Mary's Harbour to Cartwright, and Eagle River, 20 to 40 cm of snow is expected tonight through Sunday. Winds will gust between 80 km/h and 100 km/h resulting in blowing snow. Visibility will be significantly reduced.


There is the potential for power outages.

 

Marine Atlantic has made some changes to its schedule. Both crossings scheduled for 11:45 am this morning will now depart at 2:00 pm and the crossings scheduled for this evening will now depart tomorrow evening, however, crossings could be impacted on Saturday and Sunday as well.


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