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Sneaky snow falls on parts of East Coast ahead of warm-up, gusty low

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Sneaky snow falls on parts of East Coast ahead of warm-up, gusty low
Sneaky snow falls on parts of East Coast ahead of warm-up, gusty low

Much cooler temperatures are in store for Atlantic Canada this weekend, with many locales failing to get any warmer than the minus single digits Saturday and/or Sunday. After a brief burst of snow in parts of the Maritimes and Newfoundland Saturday, the region will see a peaceful Sunday before the next system moves in Monday afternoon. With this, the East Coast will see a bout of 15-30 mm of rain, snow and howling southerly wind gusts that could top 80 km/h. The good news is those strong southward winds will raise the temperatures quite a bit, perhaps reaching as high as the mid-teens in the Maritimes. More on Saturday's sneaky snow and the Montana low that will send temperatures and wind gusts flying, below.

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Sea-effect snow will continue through Saturday for western Newfoundland, while the approaching clipper in the Maritimes will turn off the snow machine for Cape Breton.

A sneaky 3-5 cm is expected through Saturday overnight across Nova Scotia and southern New Brunswick. Sunday will be a transition day as the next system sets up on the doorstep for Monday.


The weekend will see a cooldown across the Atlantic with widespread temperatures staying below the freezing mark in most areas Saturday, with just a few locales managing to stay above it. Sunday will see a bit of a warm-up, with more communities in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland seeing above-freezing temperatures. An even higher spike in daytime highs will be forthcoming early next week.


Forecasters are also eyeing another storm early next week, with widespread rain, snow, howling wind gusts and soaring temperatures as warmth briefly pushes in.

The strengthening Montana low will arrive Monday afternoon, with precipitation starting as snow for New Brunswick and rain for Nova Scotia. Rainfall and snowfall amounts won't be overly excessive, with the former totalling 15-30 mm across the board.

Snowfall amounts will be rather minimal. More than anything, New Brunswick will see a messy mix before switching over to rainfall, with some freezing rain possible for northern areas.


The main story, however, will be the strong southerly winds through the day, with gusts exceeding 80 km/h. As a result of the winds, temperatures will soar in the warm sector of the storm, with even the potential to reach the low to mid-teens late Monday night across the Maritimes and into the lower teens for Newfoundland on Tuesday.

However, the warmth will be fleeting. Conditions will turn colder as the storm departs the region mid-week.

Beyond, a Colorado low is expected to impact parts of the region late Wednesday through Thursday. The storm track is still uncertain, but this has the potential to bring a swath of heavy snow across southern parts of the region -- possibly including Halifax and around the Bay of Fundy. It is still early, but this could be the first significant winter storm of the season for many of the larger population centres.

Be sure to check back for updates on the relentless storm parade across Atlantic Canada.

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