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Nor'Easter could target Atlantic Canada


Rainfall amounts expected this coming weekend
Rainfall amounts expected this coming weekend

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

October 13, 2010 — It's still a few days away, but forecasters say there's the potential for a Nor'Easter to head towards New England and Atlantic Canada.

Heavy rain and gusty winds are possible
Heavy rain and gusty winds are possible

Torrential rain and winds gusting close to hurricane-strength -- that's what may be in store for people in Atlantic Canada later this week.

“It's still early, but there is the potential for a Nor'Easter to track towards the provinces over the next couple of days,” says Michelle Cassar, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “We will certainly be keeping an eye on the system.”

A Nor'Easter is a relatively strong coastal storm with three ingredients.

“Essentially you need cold clashing with warm, then you need a good source of moisture, and finally a strong jet stream disturbance, an upper level disturbance to set everything in motion,” says Meteorologist Chris Scott at The Weather Network.

Large waves could crash the shorelines
Large waves could crash the shorelines

Nor'Easters come in different forms. Depending on the season and the temperature you could get snow, freezing rain, ice pellets, even thunderstorms if there's enough warm air.

In the meantime, people in the Maritimes can expect a few days of chilly temperatures and a mix of sun and clouds. Rain is forecast for communities in Newfoundland.

To stay up-to-date on current conditions where you are, click our Canadian Cities Index. You can also find out more about the potential for a Nor'Easter by tuning into The Weather Network on TV. The long range forecast comes up at :6 and :36 minutes past each hour.

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