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Dynamic storm will cover Maritimes with snow, ice and heavy rain

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No rest for the exhausted people on the east coast, who had hoped for a touch of spring instead of a repeat of winter.

A dynamic storm moving into Atlantic Canada will bring the full spectrum of bad weather over the next few days, with 40+ cm of snow Heavy snowfall is forecast for parts of New Brunswick as the province and western parts of nearby Prince Edward Island are under a heavy blanket of snow.

Nova Scotia will be hit by heavy rains during most of the storm, while some areas between the two problem zones will experience ice formation from steady freezing rain.

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Wintry weather will threaten travel plans across the region this weekend. Drivers are urged to plan ahead and check local road conditions before heading out.

Saturday to Sunday: Heavy snow and rain spread across the Maritimes

A low pressure system approaching from the south will strengthen on its way to the Bay of Fundy, picking up subtropical moisture.

The system will begin with snow that will spread from west to east across the Maritimes on Saturday.

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Snowfall in the Maritimes

Northern and central New Brunswick will continue to experience mainly heavy snowfall. The hardest hit communities, including Fredericton, could Snowfall amounts of 20-40+ cm until the storm ends on Sunday. Fredericton's normal snowfall in March is 49.4 cm, so this weekend's storm alone could give the region nearly as much snow as it normally gets in a month.

Extensive special weather warnings apply to the province.

There is a possibility of some mixing and ice formation south of Fredericton and north of Saint John on Saturday night.

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Baron – Saint John Timing.jpg

Exact amounts of ice are not yet known as the system's track may impact precipitation types. Precipitation will turn back to snow before gradually tapering off through Sunday.

Motorists are urged to plan ahead and adapt to changing and rapidly deteriorating conditions. The heavy, wet snow and icy conditions could also increase the risk of power outages.

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Maritime freezing rain

Across Nova Scotia, the main threat from this system is heavy rain, with the risk of localized flooding in some of the hardest hit areas. Rain will intensify through Sunday morning, with a brief period of mixed precipitation likely as the front moves out of the Maritimes.

By Sunday evening, most of the moisture will be confined to Nova Scotia's south coast, with rainfall between 30 and 50 mm expected over the weekend.

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Precipitation in the Maritimes

A few more systems will bring unsettled weather during the second half of next week and into the weekend, with mainly rain and above-average temperatures forecast across the region.

Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest forecasts for Eastern Canada.