FORECAST

Kalin Mitchell says there's more snow coming for the Maritimes

CBC meteorologist Kalin Mitchell says a series of low pressure systems will be moving past the Maritimes over the next several days.

NASA image shows just how much snow fell on P.E.I.

This satellite image from NASA shows the snow covered sea ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Northumberland Strait. There's enough snow on P.E.I. to nearly camouflage the island. (NASA)

A series of low pressure systems will be moving past the Maritimes over the next several days.

Due to the unseasonably cold air, we'll see some more snowfall — but the good news is, none of the systems appear to be in the same class as the major winter storm experienced Sunday and Monday.

The first system is moving past tonight — and mostly offshore of the Maritimes.

The flurries will start in the southwest of Nova Scotia near 5 p.m. From there, the light snowfall will reach Halifax between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., the Canso Causeway near 10 p.m. and Sydney near midnight.

The flurries will be steadiest along the Atlantic coastline — that is, within 10 km of the coast — and produce some local amounts of 2 cm to 5 cm. Other areas of Nova Scotia will see trace amounts to 2 cm.

That's not a lot, but due to the heavy ice, caution should be exercised on roads, sidewalks and walking paths.

New Brunswick and P.E.I. will stay out of this area of flurries.

A second area of low pressure arrives on Thursday. This weather system will move onshore in Nova Scotia before heading into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Periods of snow will build across the region through the day.

General snowfall amounts of 10 cm to 15 cm — with some areas getting 5 cm to 10 cm — are expected for all three Maritime provinces. The snow will taper to flurries Thursday night into Friday morning.

Another snowfall is expected for the Maritimes later this week, but the storm is not expected to be in the same class as the one that happened over the weekend. (CBC)

Additional snow accumulation is expected on Friday, in the form of flurries.

Winds will be gusty with this system, but not severe as this weekend's storm.

A deep trough, or dip, in the jet stream will keep temperatures in the Maritimes generally below normal for the week. That means that substantial melting of snow and ice is only likely to happen in direct sunlight on salted surfaces, where the air temperature rises above –10 C.

In other words, most of what fell — and what will fall — is going to be sticking around for the week.

About the Author

Kalin Mitchell

Meteorologist

Kalin Mitchell is the meteorologist on CBC News Nova Scotia, CBC News New Brunswick and CBC News Atlantic Tonight. He can also be heard on various afternoon CBC Radio shows giving up-to-the-minute weather forecasts.

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