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Rain / Snow Mix for Eastern Canada

Laurissa Anyas-Weiss, content producer

February 17, 2009 — A low pressure system is affecting the Maritimes today bringing a mix of snow and rain.

This will be mainly a snow event for New Brunswick and PEI. Through Friday, some parts could see more than 15cm of snow.

For Nova Scotia, this is quite a tricky system. Snow is pushing across the province throughout the morning hours. In the afternoon, rain will start mixing in beginning in the southwest and moving towards Halifax through the evening hours.

Watch for some freezing rain along the Atlantic coast of Cape Breton. The rain/snow will taper off during the overnight hours for Nova Scotia. Snow will end around Friday morning for Southern New Brunswick and PEI.

The centre of the low will be situated over Northern New Brunswick, as a result, snow will linger through Friday. Winds will pick up throughout the day and will be especially strong through the Inverness County of Nova Scotia, gusting over 100km/h. Winds will die down a bit during the overnight, but will still be gusting tomorrow behind the system.

Newfoundland will see the system moving across the area through the Thursday overnight hours.

St. John's will wake up to snow Friday morning. However, there will be a transition from snow to freezing rain to rain during the late morning hours through early afternoon on Friday for the Avalon Peninsula, but not before 15cm of snow accumulates.

The system will pull out by Friday evening leaving Western Newfoundland to deal with some sea effect flurries behind the system. Winds in Newfoundland will be at their strongest overnight through Friday morning, gusting near 140km/h in the southwest part of the region.

Because of the freshly fallen snow from Wednesday's storm and this system, the winds will create blowing snow conditions for many areas.

Watches and Warnings are currently in effect across Atlantic Canada.

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