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.
- 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
- 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..