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Atlantic: Potentially record-setting cold to replace blasts of snow

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This week's parade of storms has finally concluded across Atlantic Canada, only to be replaced with some of the coldest air of the season to date. Some areas could be heading into record-setting territory this weekend as overnight lows plummet into the -20s and -30s. More on how long this cold snap lasts and the messy mix of winter weather that follows into next week, below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Quieter, but much colder weekend ahead
  • Next system develops Sunday night, with snow in Nova Scotia and mostly rain in Newfoundland
  • Another messy mid-week system that threatens heavy snow, freezing rain before late week warm-up
  • Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area

FRIDAY/SATURDAY: TEMPERATURES DROP RAPIDLY BEHIND THE ARCTIC FRONT

A well-deserved break is in store in terms of snow for Atlantic Canada this weekend, as high pressure builds and cold arctic air replaces the recent active storm track.

The deep winter chill will leave most places seeing daytime highs no warmer than the negative teens Friday into Saturday. Factor in the wind chill and it will feel closer to the -30s through the overnight hours and early Saturday, making for some of the coldest air to date this winter.

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"These low temperatures could actually be record-setting early Saturday morning," says Weather Network meteorologist Jaclyn Whittal.

Places like Edmundston, New Brunswick could be flirting with the previous record low of -31°C set back in 2016, while the city of Fredericton looks to smash the daily record of -25°C from February 15, 2003.

The upside is that the sun will return for the first half of the weekend.

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LOOK AHEAD: EYES ON NEXT SNOW SYSTEMS

A system looks to develop over the Atlantic on Sunday, clipping eastern Nova Scotia with some snow Sunday night before spreading rain into Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula on Monday. Beyond, forecasters are keeping an eye on the potential for messy weather for the mid-week mark.

"At this point it looks like most of the region will start off with snow with some significant totals possible, followed by a changeover to rain across southern and central areas and a risk for freezing rain," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

Check back in the coming days as we continue to monitor the forecast.

COLDEST TEMPERATURES IN HALF A DECADE FOR HALIFAX:

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