Nearly one week after a major winter snowstorm hit New England and Atlantic Canada with heavy snowfall and hurricane-force winds, yet another powerful winter storm is set to visit Atlantic Canada.
The storm system, which will be gathering strength along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States on Saturday night, will begin to impact New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia on Saturday evening.
Unlike the blizzard which hit the region last weekend, this storm will feature more rain and mixed precipitation due to a fair amount of warm air on the storms southeastern flank.
This milder air will result in a mainly rain event for the vast majority of Nova Scotia. However, parts of extreme southwestern Nova Scotia could pick up a healthy dose of snow, especially on Sunday night into early Monday morning.
A good portion of Prince William Island will have the precipitation begin as snow before changing to rain or a rain and snow mix during the day on Sunday. Once the center of the storm passes north of Prince William Island on Sunday night, precipitation should end as snow as cold air wraps around the center of the system.
According to AccuWeather's Canadian Weather Expert Brett Anderson, "it looks like central and northern New Brunswick, then up into the Gaspe will bear the brunt of this storm with snow becoming heavy later Sunday through Sunday night. As the winds pick up late Sunday night and early Monday, there could be blizzard conditions."
Many of these locations from central to northern New Brunswick could pick up 15-30 cm (6-12 feet) of snow. Lesser amounts will fall over areas to the west of this corridor.
"What will likely prevent this storm from dumping over 40 cm of snow will be that the storm will be moving along at a steady clip", Anderson added.
Very strong northerly winds will develop on Sunday which will blow the snow around. Blowing snow will continue to be an issue over New Brunswick on Monday behind the storm. Light snow and flurries will continue to be possible as well as the storm slowly lifts towards the north and east.
Elsewhere, snow from the storm system will reach the southwestern coast of Newfoundland by daybreak on Sunday before spreading northward across Newfoundland and southern Labrador on Sunday through Monday. Winds will also increase in this region as the storm nears, especially near the coast.
Enough warm air should cause the snow to change to an icy mix or rain across southern Newfoundland and all of the Avalon Peninsula.