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Intense low hitting Atlantic Canada


Wild weather in the Maritimes ... again. Click to see a slideshow of viewer videos and photos from the latest storm.
Wild weather in the Maritimes ... again. Click to see a slideshow of viewer videos and photos from the latest storm.

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

February 6, 2011 — No relief from winter's wrath for Atlantic Canadians: An intense low pressure system is targeting the region, bringing up to 30 cm for some areas.

Up to 30 cm of snow expected into Sunday
Up to 30 cm of snow expected into Sunday

Atlantic Canadians woke up to more snow on Sunday.

Cleanup is still ongoing after Wednesday's 'Groundhog Day Storm' and now, another low is tracking across the region.

Parts of the Maritimes, including Moncton, had already received 10 cm by Sunday morning, and 5 to 10 more are expected throughout the day.

According to Shelley Steeves, The Weather Network's reporter in Moncton, the snow was really coming down there by mid-morning. However, the fact that the storm is happening on a Sunday is an advantage, she says.

“Hopefully most people will bunker up and stay home until they have to shovel -- yet again.”

Working overtime in Saint John
Working overtime in Saint John

The same system delivered a snow surprise to parts of Ontario Saturday too.

Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, says the storm is more intense than it first appeared in models, adding the proximity of large bodies of water tends to drive up snowfall totals in the Atlantic provinces.

“Atlantic Canada has a great moisture feed,” she says.

Parts of southeastern New Brunswick could see up to 30 cm of snow. However, the bigger concern for the rest of the Maritimes is the strong winds associated with the system. Winds on Cape Breton could gust up to 100 km/h, and sustained winds of 40 to 60 km/h with higher gusts are expected for the rest of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Combined with 20 to 30 cm of snow, that has the potential to create dangerous conditions on the roads.

Another concern for some communities is where they're going to put this latest batch of snow. Officials in Moncton, which has received over 215 cm of snow already this winter, have voiced concern about the continuous storms that have hit this season and the strain it's putting on the city's annual snow removal budget.

Other cities, like Halifax, are urging residents to do their part to help with snow removal - and fining people who don't do their share.

If there's an upside to this latest system, it's the temperature outlook, says Vettese.

“Temperatures won't be bad - they're hovering close to 0°C.”

The low will start to push into Newfoundland later on Sunday. Snowfall warnings for up to 20 cm are in place for St. John's and the Avalon and Burin Peninsulas. Winds will pick up throughout the day as the snow moves in. The snow could briefly change to rain as well.

Meteorologists at The Weather Network are tracking two more systems on the horizon for Atlantic Canada for early next week.

Keep up to date on your forecast by checking out The Weather Network on TV where the National forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour. You can also click our Canadian Cities Index.

With files from Andrea Stockton.

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