Although a new storm is taking aim at the Maritimes, there is some good news. This one won't be as bad as the others.
“The winds in this area of low pressure won't be as strong as the ones in recent storms,” says Brian Owsiak, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “An area of low pressure has formed south of the Maritimes and that's what is bringing the precipitation as it moves along the coast. This will bring snow to New Brunswick and P.E.I. through the day on Monday, and rain to Nova Scotia.
The first storm of the new year has already dumped Moncton, NB with upto 20 cm of snow and Greenwood, NS with 7 cm. The snow fall will continue in parts of the Maritimes into the evening hours. As the system moves eastward, western Newfoundland is set to get a mix of rain and snow. For St. John's it will be mainly rainy.
Storm-weary residents of the Maritimes may be wondering if this winter will be a long one. A special forecaster will weigh in on the matter at the beginning of February.
The forecasters at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown have enlisted a special agent unlike any others. New Brunswick now has a provincial groundhog who will prognosticate on Groundhog Day, February 2.
With files from Beverley Ann D'Cruz