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Quick-Hitting Snowstorm to Coat Canadian Maritime Provinces on Friday

A swift-moving storm will bring widespread accumulating snowfall and gusty winds across central and southern Newfoundland on Friday.

This is the same system that brought snow to portions of Maine, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and northern Nova Scotia Thursday afternoon into the early morning hours of Friday.

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Despite the system's quick northeastward movement, a band of heavy snow with high snowfall rates will take aim at southern Newfoundland into the middle part of Friday.

Snowfall rates of 2 inches (5 cm) per hour are possible where the heaviest bands of snow set up Friday morning.

Travelers should be aware of rapidly deteriorating road conditions as temperatures will be well below freezing. Slushy and icy conditions will quickly develop on untreated roadways.

Locations to be impacted by rapidly deteriorating conditions and accumulating snowfall into midday Friday include St. John's and Mount Pearl, Newfoundland.

Including snow that fell overnight, up to 10 inches (25 cm) could fall in these areas by Friday afternoon.

In addition to accumulating snow, strong winds are forecast across the southern coast of Newfoundland. Winds could gust up to 40 mph (64 km/h) at times, which could lead to blowing and drifting snow.

Snow and wind will taper off throughout Friday afternoon as the storm races into the North Atlantic.

Even though the snow will be long gone, blowing snow could create slick and treacherous travel through Friday evening.

With the exception of a few flurries on Saturday, dry conditions are in store for the first weekend of December.