30-40 cm ahead for East Coast as powerful storm approaches

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30-40 cm ahead for East Coast as powerful storm approaches
30-40 cm ahead for East Coast as powerful storm approaches

A developing storm off the U.S. East Coast has taken a path that has drastically augmented its impact on parts of Atlantic Canada. From Sunday night through Monday, parts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are actually in line to see 30-40 cm of snow, and locally higher amounts closer to 50 cm are not out of the question. Making matters worse will be gusty winds making for blizzard conditions and blowing snow, worsening the travel outlook. A closer look, below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Major snowstorm begins Sunday night, continues Monday

  • Current models suggest 30-40 cm of snow for Nova Scotia, widespread 15-20 cm for Newfoundland, up to 50 cm in western sections

  • Winds will be blustery, 70-90 km/h gusts for the Maritimes beginning Sunday evening, ramping up in Newfoundland Monday morning

SUNDAY NIGHT/MONDAY: HEFTY SNOWFALL TOTALS WITH SNOWSTORM

The stage is now set for this moisture-laden storm to track through the Atlantic region, with its effects beginning in Nova Scotia Sunday night, and lasting through to Monday.

All of the Maritimes will receive snow from this system, but by far the most potent hit will be in Nova Scotia, with some 30-40 cm expected there by the time all is said and done. New Brunswick's amounts range from some 15-20 cm near the Fundy Coast, down to 5-10 cm for communities near the Quebec Border.

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Newfoundland will see an even bigger hit, beginning Monday morning. Even before the storm's arrival, parts of the western coast will have experienced a few rounds of sea-effect snow, such that when the system itself begins to impact the island, totals there will be much higher than the rest of the island, reaching 30-40 cm in some places and perhaps up to 50 cm for areas that saw the most sea-effect enhancement.

The rest of the island, including St. John's, will see some 15-20 cm, lasting through Monday and much of Tuesday.

Winds will also be intense with this system, beginning Sunday evening for the Maritimes with 70-90 km/h gusts continuing into Monday. Winds will pick up in Newfoundland Monday and continue through early Tuesday.

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With prolonged winds and heavy snow, blizzard conditions are likely for much of the region, with travel most definitely NOT recommended for anyone.

Beyond the weekend, another storm is expected for Wednesday, but that storm track is highly uncertain. Model scenarios range from a more northerly track with rain for southern areas and heavy snow for central and northern areas of the region, to an offshore track with snow just clipping southern areas.

Be sure to check back as we continue to monitor the active setup across Atlantic Canada.