Spring snowstorm not unusual for Atlantic provinces: expert

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Although the calendar says it’s spring, Atlantic Canada is not getting a reprieve from the winter weather.In fact, a major snowstorm expected to hit Wednesday could be one of the strongest of the season, Environment Canada said on Sunday.

A plow clears snow in St. John’s during a January blizzard. Environment Canada is expecting another major blizzard to arrive in Atlantic Canada Wednesday — not an unusual event, says a federal meteorologist. — Telegram file photo

Meteorologist Jean-Marc Couturier said it’s not unusual for the region to get a blast of winter in springtime. He said it’s still “prime time” for storms to develop over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, and this one could be significant.

“Definitely we’d still be looking at some potential storms along the Atlantic seaboard and throughout Atlantic Canada at this time of year. That is not certainly not unusual,” said Couturier from Halifax.

“We’re not sure at this point if it would be the strongest system... that we’ve seen this winter, but it will be one of the strongest for sure.”

Special weather statements have been issued for all four Atlantic provinces and some eastern parts of Quebec.

Couturier said it’s still too early to predict

snowfall amounts, but significant snow and strong winds are expected for the Maritimes before the storm heads to Newfoundland late Wednesday or early Thursday.

“Perhaps that could lead to a winter storm-type situation when it comes to issuing our warnings, or in some of the worst cases, blizzard warnings.”

Environment Canada is urging people to monitoring the weather forecast in the coming days.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Gulf Stream, Halifax Newfoundland

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  • Doug Sandulac
    March 24, 2014 - 04:57

    Why is it weather colder than normal is dismissed as "not unusual " while anything above is automatically attributed to global warming and is man-kinds' fault?