The week in Atlantic Canada ended with warm temperatures and a lull in stormy weather, however, an intensifying winter storm has the potential to make for a messy weekend. Parts of Nova Scotia could see up to 10 cm of snow while southeastern Newfoundland could see blizzard conditions into Monday. Details and timing, below.
- System begins impacting Maritimes early Sunday
- Potential for blizzard conditions in southeastern Newfoundland late Sunday into Monday
- Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area
EYES ON A POTENTIALLY IMPACTFUL STORM
A low-pressure system will begin impacting Atlantic Canada during the pre-dawn hours of Sunday with the effects lasting into Monday.
Forecast models are not entirely certain about the track this system will take and the exact impacts it will have. However, there is the threat of snowfall and strong winds that will impact Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, as well as the potential for blizzard conditions in southeastern Newfoundland.
SUNDAY: INTENSIFYING SNOWFALL, POTENTIAL FOR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS
A mix of rain and snow is likely along coastal sections of western Nova Scotia and parts of southern New Brunswick during the early hours of Sunday with snowfall for inland areas.
This precipitation will then transition to snowfall that will intensify and continue throughout the day on Sunday for Nova Scotia and will then push out of the region during the overnight hours.
Snow totals of 5 to 10 cm are expected for much of Nova Scotia with this system.
Environment Canada has issued special weather statements for all of Nova Scotia and parts of Newfoundland that warn of the incoming snowfall and strong wind gusts that could exceed 80 km/h.
The system will then track into southern Newfoundland during late Sunday morning. Snowfall will become heavy at times throughout the afternoon and into Sunday night for the Avalon and eastern sections of the province.
Snowfall amounts could range between 20 cm to over 40 cm for the hardest hit areas that remain as snow, such as southeastern Newfoundland.
There is a risk that the Avalon could see a period of ice pellets and freezing rain. Snowfall will then ease for eastern Newfoundland by Monday morning.
Across Atlantic Canada, the Avalon Peninsula is set to hold the heaviest impact into Monday due to the impacts from both the snow and the strong winds. A strong NNE wind on Monday could end up boosting snowfall amounts for the island's east coasts.
Continue to check back for more details as the system's track becomes clearer.