Strong storm to batter Atlantic Canada


A prolonged severe weather event is set to unfold across Atlantic Canada from Thursday afternoon to Sunday. The storm will deliver snow, rain, mixed precipitation, and strong winds to the already storm-battered region.


Scroll down for snowfall and rainfall forecast.


New Brunswick

Rain is expected to begin on Thursday. The rain will eventually transition to snow. The heaviest snow will occur over central and southern New Brunswick.


There is the potential for an extended period of freezing rain over southern sections before that area transitions to snow on Friday.


Snow will continue until Saturday morning.


Prince Edward Island

Rain will begin on Thursday. Rain will change to snow on Thursday night. There is a risk of freezing rain during the changeover. From Friday morning to Saturday morning there is the potential that eastern sections of Prince Edward Island could see an extended period of ice pellets. Significant ice accretion is possible.


Some flurries are expected as the low departs on Saturday evening.


Nova Scotia

Rain is expected to begin on Thursday. From Friday morning to Saturday morning freezing rain or ice pellets is expected for central and northern Nova Scotia including Cape Breton Island. Significant ice accretion is possible. Southern sections will likely remain as rain.


Some flurries are expected as the low departs on Saturday evening.


Newfoundland

A mix of rain and snow is expected to begin on Thursday afternoon across the west coast of Newfoundland. The precipitation will change to rain on Thursday night. By Friday morning precipitation will change to snow.


For central and eastern Newfoundland rain will begin on Thursday night.


On Friday morning snow will spread across central Newfoundland. The Avalon Peninsula, Burin Peninsula, and the Bonavista Peninsula will see rain change to freezing rain and/or ice pellets. The freezing rain and ice pellets will drift northward and eventually the snow in central Newfoundland will change to a mix of freezing rain and/or ice pellets.


By Sunday morning the low will move out and all areas will see another quick shot of snow.

 

Snowfall and rainfall forecast

 

Marine Atlantic has cancelled crossings for Thursday.


This storm has the potential to cause dangerous driving conditions, travel delays, power outages and school closures.