Winter not done: more bad weather on way for Maritimes
Messy mix of ice pellets, freezing rain, rain and snow headed to Canada's East Coast
Just days after Atlantic Canada was shut down by a spring blizzard, another wild weather system is making its way to the Maritimes.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for all three Maritime provinces.
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A low pressure system approaching from the U.S. East Coast late on Saturday is expected to pass slowly south of Nova Scotia on Sunday and Monday.
The precipitation produced by the system is expected to begin as freezing rain or ice pellets early Sunday across northern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island before changing to rain. The rest of Nova Scotia will get a soaking from rain that is expected to be heavy at times.
Northern New Brunswick will likely get snow while the southern parts of the province can expect a messy mix of ice pellets, rain and freezing rain.
As the system pulls away Monday, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick can expect periods of snow. P.E.I. will likely see more rain, ice pellets and freezing rain on Monday, before changing over to snow.
CBC meteorologist Peter Coade said any change in the weather system’s current track could have a significant impact on the weather, especially for those with travel plans over the next few days.
Coade warns: “If you are contemplating travel, then just be advised that some inclement and possibly nasty weather can be expected on Sunday.”
On Wednesday, a blizzard brought between 20 and 40 centimetres of snow to parts of the Maritimes. Strong winds caused white-out conditions and there were winds gusting to 173 km/h observed in Cape Breton.