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'Differences are in the details' with Atlantic storm


Falling snow and powerful gusts will make for blizzard-like conditions
Falling snow and powerful gusts will make for blizzard-like conditions

Dayna Vettese, Meteorologist

February 16, 2013 — February Storm 2.0? Yes. Will it be the same storm with the same impacts? No. Much like last weekend, folks in Atlantic Canada are bracing themselves for another storm.

Areas of freezing rain could make for slick roads and sidewalks
Areas of freezing rain could make for slick roads and sidewalks

Though it is the same type of storm as last weekend, the differences are in the details.
 
Last weekend’s blizzard was all horns and hooves when it came in strong and left strong. This storm is different in that regard.

The worst conditions for the Maritimes will be as the storm pulls out and deepens further over the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

That’s not to say conditions won’t be unpleasant as the storm moves in but the worst conditions should be as the storm begins to depart and head for Newfoundland. 

Areas in Nova Scotia shouldn't see too much in the way of snowfall accumulation unlike the last storm; this one is bringing rain. 

New Brunswick and PEI can expect a healthy dose of all the precipitation types the weather can offer from rain to freezing rain to snow. 

We don’t expect snowfall amounts to be as high for some of the harder hit areas last weekend but those who got off “relatively” easy last weekend can expect more snow than last time. 

Don’t let that notion fool you though.

Even though we aren't expecting precipitation amounts to be as high, we are still expecting strong winds and even stronger gusts Sunday and Monday. Couple those winds with any falling snow and you’re looking at blizzard-like conditions.

So even though from a meteorology standpoint the precipitation won’t be as bad and perhaps the snow drifts won’t be as high as last weekend, it will still feel as bad. 

The strong winds coupled with any falling snow will make for dangerous driving conditions. 

Also, any rain that falls and pools and puddles will like freeze up as the colder air rushes in once the storm begins to depart.
 
This new storm has still yet to form so the details of the storm (who is seeing how much and when) will likely change as the storm develops and newer model data comes in.

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