35 cm of snow, lows close to -50: winter weather arrives in Canada

Canadians waiting for winter weather rejoice: Two weather systems are bringing snow to some parts of the country this weekend and bone-chilling cold elsewhere.

SNOW DAY IN PARTS OF Newfoundland

School-age children got a small extension of their winter vacation, with Several schools in the Avalon Peninsula and the central part of the province closed on Friday.

TO The winter storm warning issued in the morning suggested up to 35 centimeters of snow they could be thrown during the day.

The Burin and Bonavista peninsulas are under a winter storm watch from Environment Canada as a storm that began early Friday moves out of the area.

Affected areas of Newfoundland could see between 10 and 20 centimeters of snow by the end of the storm, with greater accumulation possible in some areas.

Winds and heavy snow are expected to reduce visibility “especially tonight,” Environment Canada’s warning said.

Conditions were expected to improve Saturday morning.

INCOMING US STORM

Elsewhere, the first few weeks of winter didn’t bring much snow, but that was expected to change in some places thanks to a massive weather system that was accelerating across the eastern United States.

Over the next few days, communities in southern Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces can anticipate a winter storm that, in some areas, could bring up to 30 centimeters of snow.

CTV Your Morning meteorologist Kelsey McEwen said the system started in northern Mexico and traveled across Texas, bringing with it “severe storms.”

“It’s pulling in moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and then pulling in cold arctic air from northern Canada and the combination of the two creates these pretty intense storms,” ​​McEwen said.

As we head into the weekend, the storm is expected to travel across the US, bringing snow to cities like New York, which McEwen said were previously in a “snow drought.”

This winter storm is forecast to continue north into central and northwestern Ontario. Heavier snowfall is expected in areas along the Great Lakes on Saturday.

“From Saturday to Sunday, in Ottawa and Montreal, you will wake up to a new blanket of snow,” McEwen said.

During the day on Sunday, the storm is likely to affect the Fundy coast in New Brunswick, southern Nova Scotia and parts of PEI.

Environment Canada issued a Special weather statement for southern Nova Scotia, with potential for five to 20 centimeters of snow on Sunday..

Depending on how much moisture the storm picks up from the Atlantic Ocean, snow totals could range from five centimeters to 10 centimeters for the rest of the Maritimes, McEwen said.

“The challenge with snowfall totals is that they are notoriously inaccurate over 48 hours,” he said. “So it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what we’ll see.”

RAIN AND SNOW IN THE WEST

a rain warning 40 to 50 millimeters was issued by Environment Canada on the West Coast on Friday morning.

The communities of Qualicum Beach and Fanny Bay on Vancouver Island can expect heavy downpours that could cause flash flooding, the agency warned.

The same Pacific frontal system was forecast to bring rain to Howe Sound on the mainland on Friday, Environment Canada said.

Further north along the Sea to Sky Highway and around Whistler, precipitation is expected to turn to snow.

Totals could be around 15 centimeters in Whistler and more than 20 centimeters on some stretches of the Sea to Sky Highway.

A skier walks down a rough ski slope in Whistler, British Columbia, on Friday, Dec. 29, 2023. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ethan Cairns)

According to the forecast, the system is likely to pass over the area early Saturday morning.

He The West Kootenay and North Columbia regions are also expected to be affected by the Pacific system, as pressure drops through Friday, generating similar snow totals inland.

EXTREMELY COLD

The same Pacific frontal system impacting British Columbia is colliding with high pressure over the Arctic, causing “strong winds,” according to a blizzard warning for Dempster, Yukon.

An arctic air mass is expected to “sit over” the Old Crow, Yukon, area, causing “very cold wind chills,” according to an Environment Canada warning.

Residents in that area were warned to expect day and night temperatures to fall between -35 and -40 C.

“Cold temperatures combined with winds of up to 15 km/h will sometimes produce a thermal sensation close to 50 degrees below zero,” reads an extreme cold warning.

The Aklavik region of Yukon is also under an extreme cold warning on Friday.

The cold air spreads Northern Manitoba and Ontario, where the Tadoule Lake and Fort Severn areas are experiencing another extreme cold. warning.

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