First Winter Storm Of the Season To Arrive Tomorrow

Posted on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 06:24 AM

Get your snow shovels ready.  You'll need them for the first big storm of the season that is set to arrive tomorrow.

Environment Canada has issued winter storm warnings for the southern and southeastern parts of the province.

Meteorologist Jean-Marc Couturier says a large vigorous system that is developing off the Eastern seaboard of the United States, that could impact an areas from the coast to Georgia to the Maritimes..

Up to 40 centimetres of snow is expected,  but Couturier says with that will come high winds of up to 90 kilometres an hour for some areas, "The problem with that, is the winds will be increasing and will become quite strong in the afternoon.  We can expect some whiteout conditions with some blowing snow throughout the area."

The snow is expected to start at around noon tomorrow and will continue to fall into the night.

"The worst will come mid afternoon to mid evening.  So anytime after 2pm until the middle of the evening, those will be the worst conditions.  With the snow accumulating, the wind causing the blowing snow, there will some large snow drifts, and there may even end up being road closures."

Couturier adds the snow could change to rain briefly if temperatures rise above zero.

He adds that the winter storm warning is issued with either large snowfall amounts, or if a storm will bring less snow with other components including reduced visibilities in blowing snow, high winds gusting to 90 kilometres or freezing rain.