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It s going to be messy : Eastern Canada prepares for heavy snow

It s going to be messy : Eastern Canada prepares for heavy snow
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The onslaught of bitter cold and messy weather continues for much of Eastern Canada with heavy snowfall and powerful winds expected in the coming days thanks to a low-pressure system travelling north from the United States.

Ontario

The southern portion of the province is expected to begin receiving snow shortly after midnight on Tuesday before changing over to ice pellets and freezing rain later in the day.

In Toronto, the weather agencys special weather statement is calling for 15 to 20 centimetres of snow and ice pellets on Tuesday morning before switching over to freezing rain in the evening.

In addition to the mixed precipitation, the city will experience strong easterly winds gusting up to 80 km/h that will likely caused reduced visibility from blowing snow.

CTVs Your Morning meteorologist Kelsey McEwen said the timing is poor for the Greater Toronto Area because the falling snow will impact the morning rush hour and the freezing rain will affect the afternoon commute home.

Theres snow through the morning drive and then freezing rain for the way home and its just so many millions of commuters are going to be impacted by this, she told CTVNews.ca on Monday. Its going to be messy.

The same Colorado low is then expected to make its way east to the Ottawa area where it will dump even more snow on the region. could receive snowfall amounts of 30 to 40 centimetres on Tuesday and into Wednesday.

The snow will begin falling midday and will be accompanied by easterly winds gusting up to 60 km/h, according to the weather agency.

Quebec

The snow will gradually begin late Tuesday afternoon and rapidly intensify in the evening, according to the agency. Regions in the St. Lawrence Valley and the Outaouais and Temiscamingue are predicted to be hit with between 30 to 40 centimetres of snow.

McEwen said Quebec City and will be some of the hardest-hit areas when the snow arrives there in the late afternoon to early evening.

I think north of Quebec City were going to get into 50-plus centimetres of snow, she said.

New Brunswick

Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, McEwen said the storm system will move into the Maritime provinces where southern New Brunswick and Nova Scotia will be impacted first before it moves north to Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for all of New Brunswick with snow expected to change over to ice pellets mixed with freezing rain by the afternoon and eventually into rain by the evening.

McEwen said Fredericton could receive close to 40 centimetres of snow before it turns into rain.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia, too, is under a special weather statement with a mixed bag of precipitation expected for most of the province.

McEwen said its still too early to predict exact snowfall amounts in the Atlantic Provinces because theyre still a couple of days out from the storm.
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