You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Atlantic: Schools close, power outages amid vicious storm

The Weather Network logo The Weather Network 2018-11-14 The Weather Network
UP NEXT
UP NEXT

Weather warnings are widespread across the Atlantic provinces with the next big storm forcing school closures and leaving thousands without power. Expect more rain, damaging winds, and a healthy dumping of snow through Thursday with the coldest temperatures of the season closely following behind this beast. More on the specifics for this windy, wintry weather bomb, below. 

(Stay on top of active weather | Alerts and warnings)

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Heavy rain for most, significant snow for parts of New Brunswick
  • Blizzard conditions expected for western Cape Breton, western Newfoundland
  • Warnings in effect for snowfall, damaging winds
  • Plunging temperatures into later week

WATCH BELOW: TRACKING HEAVY RAIN, BLIZZARD CONDITIONS

UP NEXT
UP NEXT

The strongest storm of the season so far edged into Atlantic Canada on Tuesday, and will continue strengthening rapidly as it steams toward the north Atlantic through Wednesday and Thursday. Environment Canada has issued widespread weather statements and warnings covering all of Atlantic Canada in advance of what will be an intensely windy and, for some, snowy couple of days.

By Tuesday evening, heavy snow was reported across northern New Brunswick, while a band of snow preceded the rain sliding north through southern Nova Scotia, southern New Brunswick, and P.E.I. Snow is picking up in Newfoundland as well with blizzard conditions expected along the west coast of the island through Thursday. Snow will also rapidly accumulate in southeastern Labrador, where as much as 30+ cm could fall. 

a close up of text on a black background © Provided by Pelmorex Media Inc.

As the system strengthens, snow and rain will clear most of the Maritimes fairly quickly, although bitter winds will lead to powerful snow squalls for the Gaspe, Cape Breton, and the Acadian Peninsula. Newfoundland will be under the gun through the day on Wednesday, with similar squalls setting up for the west coast by Wednesday night.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS

Even those who escape the snow won't escape the wind. The strongest gusts will be felt for Newfoundland and the Gulf shores Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. These will be from the northwest rather than the south, in the wake of this system, and it's these winds that will send temperatures plunging and generate white-out squalls off of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. 

"Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions," warns Environment Canada. "Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow."

'WHITEOUT SQUALLS'

"Whiteout snow squalls are expected to continue for western Newfoundland through Thursday, eventually tapering through the evening hours," says Weather Network meteorologist Nadine Powell. "Damaging wind gusts will still be ongoing across coastal Newfoundland, however, especially the east coast of the island."

That Arctic chill will be slow to release its grip on the region, too. Colder than seasonal temperatures dominate the region into next week.

a screen shot of a video game © Provided by Pelmorex Media Inc.

THE IMPACT: POWER OUTAGES AND SCHOOL CLOSURES

The deteriorating conditions forced several school closures Wednesday morning, as crews responded to thousands of power outages as well. 

The outages come less than two weeks after a major wind storm knocked out power to more than 100,000 customers in New Brunswick. In some cases, customers were waiting for five days to have their power restored.

SEE IT: HALIFAX HAS HAD ENOUGH OF THE RAIN

UP NEXT
UP NEXT

AdChoices
AdChoices

More from The Weather Network

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon