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Maritimers brace for spring-time Nor'easter


April is starting off with rain for some, snow for others and gusty winds in the Maritimes
April is starting off with rain for some, snow for others and gusty winds in the Maritimes

Jill Colton, staff writer

April 1, 2011 — It's no April Fools' joke! A storm system is targeting the Maritimes, and it could bring some communities a good helping of snow.

Snowfall accumulations expected in the Maritimes
Snowfall accumulations expected in the Maritimes

No, Mother Nature isn't pulling a fast one on you in Atlantic Canada. While the calendar does in fact say April 1, this storm is hardly a joke.

A Nor'easter is tracking toward the Maritimes, and it's expected to bring a combination of snow, rain and gusty winds to the provinces. Some people could begin to see active weather as early as Friday morning.

“This will primarily be a rain event for Nova Scotia,” says Elena Grigorenko, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “As the rain moves northwards into New Brunswick however, it's expected to fall as snow.”

Up to 25 cm of snow is possible for areas including Moncton and Bathurst. Parts of Prince Edward Island could also see 15 cm by the time all is said and done.

By Saturday, the storm will have pushed into Newfoundland. Snow will likely switch over to rain on the Avalon Peninsula, but significant accumulations are expected around Springdale, Deer Lake and St. Anthony.

From snow to rain to a mix
From snow to rain to a mix

The same storm system that's set to wallop Atlantic Canada has been causing problems south of the border. Parts of Florida were under severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings on Thursday and damaging winds knocked down trees and power lines in Tampa Bay.

Large hail that pelted the area left crews at NASA's Kennedy Space Center double checking for possible damage to the shuttle Endeavour. The shuttle is getting ready for a launch in April.

Heavy snow is also forecast to spread over the western panhandle of Maryland, central Pennsylvania and into southern and eastern New York state.

For more details on what you can expect, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

With files from Andrea Stockton and Lyndsay Morrison

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