Atlantic Canada prepares for winter storm

On Feb. 9, Eastern-Atlantic Canada is due to be hit by several weather systems that will pass through the Maritimes, ultimately culminating in several severe storms that are being forecasted to hit Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and PEI.

Currently, blizzard warnings are being broadcasted within many cities in Nova Scotia, which according to The Weather Network, will be hit by powerful winds and over 40 cm of snow. This will make for very treacherous driving conditions throughout Nova Scotia and much of the Atlantic Provinces for at least 24 hours.

“The strongest snow will be this afternoon through the night,” stated Weather Network meteorologist Kevin MacKay in an interview with The Weather Network. “Newfoundland will begin to see the snow move in this evening.”

Eastern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, and parts of Newfoundland’s Avalon and Burin peninsulas are set to be hit the hardest of the Eastern Provinces, but various meteorologists have stated that virtually all of Atlantic Canada will be affected.

In addition to the snow, winds are expected to reach 70-80 km/h along Nova Scotia’s coast, while Newfoundland may experience gusts of over 100 km/h along the Avalon, a federal electoral district off of Newfoundland Island.

In the wake of the impending storm, various schools have already been preemptively closed in several districts, as well as certain college and university campuses in Nova Scotia. Public transportation will also be affected, with certain flights being canceled as well as ferry crossings between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and New Brunswick being closed.

Followings this on Feb. 10, a second, considerably weaker storm front will hit the Atlantic Coast, with forecasters saying that it will primarily hit Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Despite this, it is expected that the second storm will leave no more than five cm, even in the worst-affected regions.

“Snow combined with strong northeast winds resulting in reduced visibility in blowing snow will begin this afternoon. Conditions will gradually improve on Tuesday,” stated Environment Canada on its website.

“Just think about like a curtain coming down. It’s going to go from a few flakes to bang — zero visibility,” stated Peter Coade, CBC meteorologist in a press release on the impending weather.

“Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero”.

In addition, blowing snow advisories have been issued when wind and snow reduce visibility to 800 meters or less for at least three hours, according to Environment Canada.

In P.E.I, local authorities have expressed their concern about the impending weather, worrying that the storm will damage an already weakened shoreline. In addition, the Charlottetown Airport has closed all of its flights to Halifax for the next 24 hours.

Tuesday’s weather warning comes a few days after a storm swept across the Atlantic Coast on Friday, bringing between 14 and 39 cm of snow to the East, with Nova Scotia being hit the hardest.

For more information on the impending storm, be sure to check out The Weather for real-time coverage of the event.

Nova Scotia on Feb. 4 /Huffingtonpost

Nova Scotia on Feb. 4 /Huffingtonpost

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