Mid-April chill brings cold rain, wet snow to Atlantic Canada

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Mid-April chill brings cold rain, wet snow to Atlantic Canada
Mid-April chill brings cold rain, wet snow to Atlantic Canada

A cool, damp weekend is in store for Atlantic Canada courtesy of a messy low-pressure system that is also helping to pool in below seasonal temperatures for this time of the year. A wintry mix of rain and snow will spread through the Maritimes Saturday, though changing to a cold rain for many, before reaching Newfoundland in the afternoon hours. Winds will also be gusty through the weekend, but mainly for Newfoundland. More details on impact and timing, below.


Halifax, N.S. has already picked up about 3 cm of snow Saturday morning. Snow will slowly transition over to a chilly rain later in the morning and through the afternoon hours.

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However, cold air pooling into the region aloft -- all associated with an upper trough -- may allow for heavy, wet snow locally, certainly for higher elevations across the Maritimes, to continue on and off throughout the weekend.


Rain will reach southern Newfoundland Saturday afternoon, with precipitation quickly changing to snow in western areas in the evening.

As well, winds will be somewhat gusty Saturday afternoon, hitting the 40-60 km/h range in the Maritimes and Newfoundland. They will subside in the overnight period.


The system tracking south of the Maritimes will track close enough to southern Newfoundland to continue bringing rain to southern and eastern areas, and a mix of rain and snow for central and western areas, Sunday.

Back across the Gulf, Nova Scotia's Atlantic Coast will be in a similar range, with showers also likely across the rest of the Maritimes except for northern New Brunswick, where only trace amounts, if any, are expected.


Amounts through Sunday will be heaviest in southern coastal and eastern sections of Nova Scotia, where 20-40 mm of rain could fall. Southern and western portions of Newfoundland may see 15-25 mm by the end of the weekend.

As well, winds will pick up in Newfoundland once more Sunday afternoon, again with gusts in the 40-60 km/h range.

Beyond, things look mostly fair and near or slightly above seasonal early-to-mid next week. St. John’s will even finally see a few days with some sunshine and milder temperatures. Some areas could see daytime highs reach the low or mid-teens.

The next significant system will move in mid-to-late week, bringing rain and gusty winds to the Maritimes and Newfoundland Wednesday night into Thursday night, along with a shot of cooler temperatures.

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Be sure to check back for the latest updates on the April weather across Atlantic Canada