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System affecting Atlantic Canada and Quebec


Make sure you have your umbrella handy if you're in Atlantic Canada.
Make sure you have your umbrella handy if you're in Atlantic Canada.

Jill Colton, staff writer

December 4, 2010 — A series of lows have brought substantial rain to Atlantic Canada and snow for parts of Quebec.

Snow has been blanketing parts of Quebec.
Snow has been blanketing parts of Quebec.

ATLANTIC CANADA

The rain that has been affecting the Maritimes since Friday will continue throughout the weekend. The bulk of the system is centered around Nova Scotia.

“A series of incoming lows from the Atlantic is spreading rain mostly through Halifax, Moncton, Fredericton and Bathurst,” explains Brian Dillon, a meteorologist with The Weather Network.

As of Saturday afternoon, Fredericton had already seen nearly 50 mm of rain and around 33 mm had fallen in Yarmouth. The rain is expected to persist throughout the day.

It has been a similar story in Newfoundland as well. “Due to the on-shore flow, the southern Avalon could see a substantial amount of rain,” notes Dillon. Around 40 mm has been dumped on Cape Race, east of St. John's. Additionally, powerful winds are set to sweep through the Wreckhouse region. Peak gusts could reach upwards of 130 km/h and persist into Sunday.

Earlier this week, much of eastern Newfoundland was blanketed with fresh wet snow, which led to a dozen or so minor accidents.

Expected snowfall accumulations for Sunday.
Expected snowfall accumulations for Sunday.

QUEBEC

“This is a very unique system because it's retrograding into Quebec, ” explains Brian Owsiak, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

However, instead of rain, the low has resulted in a line of snow spanning all the way to Quebec City. Around 12 cm has accumulated outside of Sherbrooke. Continuing snow should be anticipated throughout the day and into the overnight hours.

POTENTIAL FOR SUNDAY

Although the Maritimes is expected to get a break from the rain on Sunday, another system is quickly approaching. “There's a clipper passing through the Prairies on Friday, and it could pick up enough steam to cause a Nor'Easter,” explains Dillon.

To stay up-to-date on current weather conditions in your area, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

With files from Andrea Stockton

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