Sunny Breaks Today, Next Round of Showers Tonight...March 26th

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  • Slight break today with partly cloudy skies as we continue to sit under the direction of an upper level low pressure system spinning off the coast
  • The system will spin in the next round of widespread showers this evening ~7pm start time for most. Showers will continue through Thursday and into Friday, but hoping for some more of those sunny breaks tomorrow
  • Another system will bring steadier rain for Friday
  • Lingering showers for Saturday but could see some sun on Sunday
  • Other than a cooler day on Friday, temps all week are mild and seasonal at 11-13 degrees

Powerful Nor'Easter Hitting Atlantic Canada
  • The Maritimes are in the midst of a full-on blizzard right now with snow and winds really picking up late this morning local time
  • Already 10-15 cm is on the ground for parts of NS, PEI & NB, but another 10-25 cm could fall today for some places
  • Winds have been the biggest issues with gusts up to 80-100 km/h and sustained winds at 50-60 km/h. At least 10,000 without power across NS and counting as winds will continue to stay strong for the next 24 hours. Visibility is down below 1 km for most in the blowing snow
  • Schools are closed in parts of Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and New Brunswick. A number of businesses and offices sent their employees home. Nearly all other forms of transportation are also being affected: ferries, public transit, flights..
  • Along with the widespread blizzard warnings, parts of the Nova Scotia coast are also under storm surge warnings - rising waters along the coastlines, in some cases 50 to 80 cms higher than normal, along with strong waves will drive the sea into shore.

Interesting Notes
  • This is definitely the worst storm of the season and as some Maritimers are recalling; the combo of wind and snow is the worst in 5-6 years
  • First time folks can remember in a while that all NS Ferries have stayed tied-up
  • Winds have already been recorded for some sections at 180 km/h --> equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane
  • Boomer looking great out in the wild weather today - tough to stand out there for more than 30 sec without getting blasted by hard snow

Timing
  • Winds and blowing snow will be going strong for Atlantic Canada through tonight. Halifax, Fredericton will all be in the thick of it..
  • Charlottetown may see snow mix with rain for the evening as warmer air moves in. But winds will still be strong
  • Newfoundland seeing the snow spread across the province and the winds pick up right now too..also under blizzard/blowing snow warnings. Some mixing tonight too for St John's
  • Snow will taper off overnight for the Maritimes but winds will remain dangerous through tomorrow

Indian Ocean Weather Update
  • Will take a closer look at the details but looks like our window of good weather is closing...another storm is sliding in and at first look conditions will begin deteriorating around 9 am Thursday local time with the actual storm moving over for Friday
  • May get a search day in today though but seas will get worse through the day..

Vancouver Weather

Monday

Chance of showers

22°C

Tuesday

Cloudy

21°C

Wednesday

Chance of showers

19°C

Thursday

Cloudy

18°C

Friday

Chance of showers

19°C