• Kyle Sooley-Brookings

Storm Impacting Atlantic Canada With Rain, Snow, & Wind


A low-pressure system that is currently centred over southern Quebec will bring a spell of unsettled weather to Atlantic Canada.


Snow is already falling across parts of New Brunswick. Snow will change to ice pellets, freezing rain and rain today for the province, with the exception of western areas which will remain as snow.


On Prince Edward Island, the snow will begin tonight and will change to rain by Tuesday morning. Only about 5 to 10 cm of snow is expected, 25 millimetres of rain is expected after that.


Precipitation across Nova Scotia is expected to remain as rain only. Places such as the Cape Breton Highlands, Cumberland County, and Colchester County may see some snow at first. Rainfall amounts will vary quite a bit. On Cape Breton Island rainfall will be anywhere from 20 to 50 mm. Halifax to Guysborough County could see 40 to 60 mm. 20 to 30 mm are expected for western and southwestern sections of the province. Strong winds are expected for Inverness County - Mabou and north.


In Newfoundland, snow will change to heavy rain along the west and southwest coast from Corner Brook and south. Snowfall amounts should only reach 10 cm. Rainfall amounts of 50 to 80 mm are possible by Wednesday afternoon, some amounts may be higher locally. For the Channel-Port aux Basques and vicinity area, wind gusts up to 120 km/h are expected. East of the Deer Lake area rainfall amounts really drop off ranging from 2 to 10 mm.


Strong wind and heavy snow are expected for most of coastal Labrador and the Happy Valley-Goose Bay area. The heaviest snow will fall around the Nain and Hopedale area where 40 cm is expected. For Red Bay to L'Anse-au-Clair, 40 to 60 mm of rain is expected.


Conditions will improve across the entire region as the low pulls away on Thursday night.


Marine Atlantic has also issued a travel advisory. All morning crossings scheduled for today have been postponed to tonight. However Marine Atlantic says that crossing may be cancelled through Wednesday.

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