Nova Scotia

Yet another Maritimes winter storm, warns Environment Canada

Though spring arrives promptly at 7:45 p.m. this evening, it seems mother nature has missed the memo.

Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Quebec near Gulf of St. Lawrence, and N.L. to get more wintry weather this weekend

Certain streets in Halifax have been shut down while snow-clearing crews attempt to make major routes passable. (Craig Paisley/CBC )

Though spring arrives promptly at 7:45 p.m. AT today, it seems mother nature has missed the memo.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for most of Canada's East Coast. 

As parts of the Maritimes continue to dig out from under two massive snowstorms in three days, the national weather service is warning that significant more snow and/or rain is possible for Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

According to CBC meteorologist Peter Coade, any slight change in the disturbance's path will completely change what Nova Scotia will see, in terms of precipitation, on Saturday.

Environment Canada is calling for "significant snow or rain."

"The next weather system to affect storm-weary Nova Scotians is forecast to arrive Saturday afternoon and extend into Sunday morning as two low-pressure systems merge over the Maritimes. Precipitation is expected to begin as snow for western Nova Scotia Saturday afternoon and spread eastward through the evening," Environment Canada said in a statement.

"Amounts will strongly depend on how these systems track and merge but snowfall amounts of 15 centimetres or more and rainfall amounts of 25 millimetres or more are possible for areas of Nova Scotia before this complex system moves away from the region late Sunday."

Regardless of what Saturday's system brings, cold temperatures and high winds forecast for Sunday in the wake of the system will likely means slippery roads and sidewalks as rain and melted snow freeze. 

New Brunswick, it seems, is in the clear for this storm. 

Heavy snow for parts of Quebec

For the Gaspé region of Quebec, Anticosti Island and the communities around the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Environment Canada is calling for heavy snow, strong winds and blowing snow during the day on Sunday. 

"Those poor conditions will persist until Monday morning. The exact track of this low still has to be determined," Environment Canada said.

Mixed bag for Newfoundland and parts of Labrador

The story for much of Newfoundland and Labrador will be high winds. 

"Strong easterly winds are forecast to spread across Newfoundland early Sunday as a developing storm tracks into the Gulf of St. Lawrence," according to Environment Canada.

"Gusts will likely reach 100 km/h around coastal parts of the island, with potentially stronger winds along prone areas of the west coast, including Wreckhouse. Winds will shift to southwesterly later Sunday, and will likely diminish in the east, but may remain quite strong in the west."

There is also a short period of rain and freezing rain forecast for much of Newfoundland, particularly the south and eastern parts of the island. 

"While rainfall amounts are currently not expected to reach warning criteria, forecast guidance does indicate parts of southern Newfoundland may receive totals between 10 and 20 millimetres, which combined with the milder temperatures would lead to some snowmelt and runoff," reads the weather statement.

"The public should also be aware that a quick freeze will likely follow on Sunday night as colder air returns to the island behind the storm."

In eastern Labrador, blizzard conditions are expected to taper off today after more than 70 centimetres fell in the latest storm. 

"Travel is expected to be extremely hazardous due to reduced visibility. If you do travel and become lost, remain where you are until the blizzard has passed," the national weather service said.

"Blizzard warnings are issued when widespread reduced visibilities of 400 metres or less are expected for at least four hours."

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