Storm winding down in the Maritimes, still strong for Newfoundland

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Storm winding down in the Maritimes, still strong for Newfoundland
Storm winding down in the Maritimes, still strong for Newfoundland

The peak of this latest moisture-packed Atlantic system will pass quickly for the Maritimes this morning, but Newfoundland will still see plenty of rain through the day. Behind the low, some wraparound snow will make an appearance, but warm air from the Gulf of Mexico will fuel some well-above-seasonal temperatures later in the week, coinciding with Christmas Day. For a closer look, see below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Rain ends in the morning for the Martimes, continues through the overnight for Newfoundland

  • Powerful winds across Newfoundland, gusts between 100 to 120 km/h are possible

  • Milder temperatures to make for green Christmas for most areas

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TUESDAY: INTENSE LOW WILL BRING HEAVY RAIN, SNOW, BLUSTERY WINDS

This latest storm system was at its peak for much of the Maritimes Tuesday in the early morning hours, and was beginning to wane as the sun rose. Rainfall warnings have dropped for all of the Maritimes except Cape Breton Island.

For much of the Maritimes, it's already begun to taper off, replaced with showers or flurries or light snow. But there's still plenty of rain left in the hopper for Newfoundland, continuing on through the day into the overnight for eastern parts of the island.

ATLRain
ATLRain

The heaviest will be in southwestern Newfoundland, where overall totals of 50 to 100 mm are possible with the potential for greater amounts in localized areas, though it is there where the rain will taper first.

“Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Don't approach washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts,” Environment Canada warns.

The rapidly intensifying low will be accompanied by very mild temperatures, but a swath of heavy snow is possible on the back side of the storm and some areas could see between 5-10 cm accumulate. The heaviest snowfall will remain in Labrador, where over 30 cm could accumulate.

ATLSnow
ATLSnow

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The winds will peak on Tuesday morning, but will still remain strong through the day in Newfoundland especially before subsiding in the evening hours.

LATER THIS WEEK: POTENTIAL FOR RECORD WARMTH ON CHRISTMAS

Double-digit temperatures are likely for much of the Maritimes on Christmas and many areas are seeing the potential to reach the low to mid teens. As a result, most of the region can expect a green Christmas.

Icons Atlantic Christmas
Icons Atlantic Christmas

“The weather will be very mild in the Maritimes during Christmas Eve and there is a high potential for record warmth during Christmas Day with widespread double digits. Many places will soar into the low to mid teens, including Halifax, Fredericton and Moncton and Charlottetown,” says The Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gilliam.

EastPattern
EastPattern

“Rain will spread across the region during Christmas and Boxing Day and then change to snow before ending as a strong cold front slowly tracking across the region. A cold Sunday is in store for the Maritimes, but it will be very mild in Newfoundland ahead of the cold front.”

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