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Brace for Nor'easter in Atlantic Canada


Lighthouse in the middle of a fierce nor'easter last year
Lighthouse in the middle of a fierce nor'easter last year

Lisa Varano, staff writer

December 19, 2010 — Nor'easter tracking towards the Maritimes will bring stormy weather to Atlantic Canada for the first half of the week.

Projected rainfall totals
Projected rainfall totals

Northeasterly winds gusting past 100 km/h, rain, snow, and high surf will hammer Atlantic Canada just a week after a powerful storm caused widespread flooding in the Maritimes.

A nor'easter will intensify and arrive off the coast of Nova Scotia on Monday evening.

Newfoundland will begin feeling the effects of this low pressure system late Monday or early Tuesday.

“This nor'easter is special because of the recent storm in the Maritimes. A lot of areas are still dealing with recovery from recent floods and wind damage,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Strong winds are expected to cause blowing snow
Strong winds are expected to cause blowing snow

“This particular nor'easter will be more potent with respect to the winds. The winds will be the main concern.”

Vettese says the type of precipitation will depend on the exact track of the storm, but the nor'easter is expected to soak the Maritime provinces and Newfoundland.

“This is a busy time for holiday preparations and this nor'easter will cause a mess on the roads because of the wind, rain and snow,” she says.

For the latest on this storm, tune in to The Weather Network on TV or check out the watches and warnings online.

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