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'Weather bomb' expected to hit Maritimes

Residents of the Maritimes are being warned to brace for the arrival Thursday of a so-called weather bomb.

Residents of the Maritimes are being warned to brace for the arrival Thursday of a so-called weather bomb.

Meteorologist Tracey Talbot of Environment Canada said the plunging air pressure meets the classic definition of a weather bomb.

Talbot said wind warnings are also in effect with speeds between 70 and 100 kilometres per hour forecast for northern Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and northern New Brunswick, where snowfall warnings have also been issued.

Heavy rain is also expected to accompany the fast-moving storm as it tracks across southern New Brunswick.

Kalin Mitchell, a CBC meteorologist, also referred to the weather system that's moving toward New Brunswick as a weather bomb.

"Basically what it comes down to is it's a low-pressure system that deepens, it becomes more powerful very rapidly within a 24-hour time span. And that's what we have on the way for the Maritimes for Thursday," Mitchell said.

Many New Brunswick communities have been enjoying record high temperatures in recent days. But the northern half of the province will be confronting some traditional New Brunswick winter weather on Thursday.

Heavy rainfall is expected to pick up Wednesday evening in the Maritimes, followed by 15-20 centimetres of snow falling on the northern edge of New Brunswick. 

Very strong winds are expected to continue in the morning and through to Thursday afternoon.

With files from CBC News

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