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The Weather Network – Multi-day blizzard targets parts of eastern Canada, 40cm of snow possible

While many Canadians enjoy a respite from stormy weather, the same cannot be said for East Coast residents.

A powerful low pressure system swirling in the Labrador Sea in the North Atlantic will bring very strong winds along with heavy snowfall that can cause blizzards at times. The areas with the greatest impact will be coastal Labrador, where up to 40 cm of snow will fall, accompanied by winds with gusts of up to 120 km/h.

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This multi-day blizzard began on Wednesday evening and will last until Friday morning, possibly with a few short breaks on Thursday.

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), this can make travel very difficult or impossible due to near-zero visibility. The Met Office is urging residents in affected areas to consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.

The wrath of the storm will not be limited to the Great Land, however. Strong winds and snow will hit far eastern Quebec from Thursday morning and push east into Newfoundland throughout the day and into Friday morning.

This storm comes just days after a recent “bomb cyclone” (a storm with a barometric pressure drop of at least 24 millibars in 24 hours) that brought similar conditions to parts of Atlantic Canada. While this storm does not meet the “bombing” criteria, it will still be quite strong in some areas.

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As with any severe storm, residents are reminded to plan and prepare ahead of time for any power outages, ferry service disruptions or road closures. Property damage is also possible, so it is recommended that you secure any loose items outside from the storm.

While western Newfoundland should feel the brunt of the persistent snow and wind, a combination of intermittent downpours and high winds will be felt, at least intermittently, across most of the province.

“Be prepared for very volatile winter driving conditions until Friday morning,” warns the ECCC in a weather statement.

There are also severe storm warnings for coastal areas of the Gaspe Peninsula for Thursday afternoon. There is a risk of flooding and coastal erosion due to high water and large waves.

For more information on this changing forecast, watch the video preceding this article.

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