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Atlantic: First blast of snow slows Friday traffic, next strong system looms

The Weather Network logo The Weather Network 2019-11-08 Digital Writers
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Parts of the Maritimes woke up to the first measurable snow fall of the season, leaving some scrambling to dig out the snow brushes and scrapers. As the system departs the region through the day Friday, heavy rain and snow will continue to impact areas across Newfoundland. While conditions clear throughout the week, another more significant system could impact eastern Canada after intensifying over the U.S. Northeast. More on the wintry conditions to start the weekend, plus what we know about the potential 'weather bomb' for next week, below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Heavy snow continues across Newfoundland through Friday with greatest amounts for west and central sections of the island
  • Rain, snow tapers off through the Maritimes, but temperatures drop into the weekemd
  • High pressure moves in for the weekend, daytime highs stay below seasonal on Saturday
  • Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area

WATCH BELOW: MORE RAIN AND SNOW IMPACTING ATLANTIC CANADA

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It wasn't the back-breaking shovelable type of snow, but enough accumulated across parts of central and northern New Brunswick early Friday to make for a slower and slick morning drive. Before 7:30 a.m., local time, over 1,300 customers were also without power in New Brunswick.

"As this is the first significant snowfall of the season, the travelling public are urged to use caution and be prepared for winter driving conditions," warns Environment Canada, with an additional 5-10 cm possible for some areas through Saturday.

NEW BRUNSWICK HANDLES FIRST SNOW IN TRUE CANADIAN FASHION

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While the precipitation stayed as rain for much of Nova Scotia with this system, colder air and falling temperatures funneling in behind the storm could result in scattered snow squalls along Cape Breton and the Fundy shores on Friday. Between 5-10 cm is forecast, with higher amounts possible over higher terrain.

"The squalls will be short lived as high pressure moves in for the weekend, but temperatures will remain below seasonal on Saturday," says Weather Network meteorologist Kevin MacKay.

a close up of a map: ATL Snow (4) © Provided by Pelmorex Media Inc. ATL Snow (4)

SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACROSS NEWFOUNDLAND

As the system pushes eastwards, heavy rain and snow will continue across Newfoundland, with up to 30 cm possible in western and central sections of the province.

Conditions will gradually clear through the day on Saturday, but attention then shifts to the next system, which could target Atlantic Canada by next Tuesday.

EYEING A POTENTIAL 'WEATHER BOMB' NEXT WEEK

"The next system will track into the region for Tuesday and Wednesday and will rapidly intensify as it does so with the potential to fulfill the criteria for a “weather bomb,” says meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "The exact track is still uncertain and that will be the key to where we see the rain versus snow."

At this point, rain looks to fall for most southern and eastern areas with heavy snow north and west of the storm track. Very strong winds behind the system are also expected, with much colder weather for the second half of next week.

Be sure to check back as we continue to monitor next week's storm potential.

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