East Coast storm shifts to heavy snow, ice pellets for some areas Saturday

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East Coast storm shifts to heavy snow, ice pellets for some areas Saturday
East Coast storm shifts to heavy snow, ice pellets for some areas Saturday

A springtime storm made its messy debut in the Maritimes Friday, bringing rain and even the occasional rumble of thunder here and there. The rain looks to end in the Maritimes by the morning, but the snow, concentrated heaviest in New Brunswick, will last longer, and longer still in Newfoundland. That province has proved a challenge for forecasters, and much of the south will see periods of freezing rain or ice pellets lasting through much of Saturday. For a more detailed look, and a peek at the next system hot on the current storm's heels, see below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Rain ends by morning in the Maritimes, snow lasts in some areas into Saturday afternoon

  • Snow, freezing rain/ice pellets for Newfoundland through much of Saturday

  • Gusty winds Saturday, strongest near the coasts

  • Next system approaches for Sunday

INTO SATURDAY: SYSTEM WINDS DOWN IN MARITIMES, CONTINUES IN NEWFOUNDLAND

After overnight showers, and even a few rumbles of thunder here and there, the system's effects will be winding down in the Maritimes, at least as far as the rain goes.

In Newfoundland, it'll be a little trickier. Given the temperatures, the southern half of the island will be experiencing the tail end of a period of freezing rain or ice pellets by the morning, after some respectable rainfall totals. Back across the strait, people in New Brunswick will be tallying the highest rainfall totals, though almost all of the Maritimes will have had at least some rain.

ATLRain
ATLRain

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Though most of Nova Scotia will largely be in the clear by the morning, the rest of the Maritimes, facing a sharp drop in temperatures between Friday and Saturday, will spend much of the morning in the thick of the system's snow.

That will come to an end through the afternoon, even with some wayward flakes in eastern Nova Scotia, but Newfoundland will still have several hours left of snow.

ATL snow revised
ATL snow revised

The heaviest amounts will be in northern New Brunswick around the Miramichi and the Acadian Peninsula, and a large swath of central and eastern Newfoundland, with some 20-30 cm possible.

On top of the messy weather, the system will be accompanied by blustery winds as well, with coastal areas potentially seeing gusts of 70-90+ km/h through much of Saturday.

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ATLwind

LATE WEEKEND: EYES ON THE NEXT MAJOR STORM THREAT

Just as conditions begin to improve from this first potent spring storm, the focus will then shift to another major winter-like storm starting later Sunday and into early next week.

While conditions will once again depend on the exact track of the system, a more southerly track means widespread heavy wet snow will extend further south into Atlantic Canada.

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ATLTempSunNight

"A swath of very heavy snow is expected, with 20-40 cm possible for much of central and northern New Brunswick, especially north of Fredericton and Moncton," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "But a messy mix with significant snow is likely for both cities and across western Newfoundland as well."

The heaviest snow will be across much of eastern Quebec, northeast of Quebec City, and across the Gaspe Peninsula, and into Labrador, with 25-50+ cm of snow possible through early next week. The snow looks to change over to rain across southern and central Newfoundland.

This storm looks to also bring strong winds, with gusts of 70 to 100+ km/h to the region.

Thumbnail courtesy of Justin Boudreau, taken in Newfoundland.

Check back as we continue to monitor the Atlantic Canada forecast.