AccuWeather forecasting more rain than snow for N.L. during next winter storm

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A winter storm, that will pass through the Atlantic region Thursday night into Friday, is expected to bring only a small amount of snow to southeastern Newfoundland before changing to heavy rain, according to Accuweather, a weather forecasting service based in the U.S.

An AccuWeather.com image shows bands of snow in blue and white and a mix of snow turning to rain in pink across southeastern Newfoundland.

Meteorologist Brett Anderson, who writes a Canadian weather blog, says the system will affect Newfoundland Thursday night and early Friday morning. Anderson says the snow in the southeastern region of the province will turn to heavy rain, with strong southerly winds, possibly gusting over 100km/h Friday afternoon.

The storm is expected to gather strength along the eastern Gulf of Mexico Wednesday and approach the eastern U.S. seaboard Thursday.

Anderson says it will strengthen as it moves up along the East coast of the U.S. and will likely move over or very close to Cape Cod, MA Thursday night, then up toward the Bay of Fundy early Friday.

"Based on the expected track, the heaviest snowfall will likely end up across the northern two-thirds of New Brunswick and extreme southeastern Quebec and including the Gaspe Peninsula Thursday night and through Friday morning," according to Anderson.

He's predicting it will just miss the Montreal area to the east, but turn into an all-out blizzard from northern New Brunswick to just east of Quebec City and then up into the Gaspe Peninsula, with the potential for over 30 cm of wind-blown snow.

Anderson says the storm will start out as steady snow for much of the remainder of the Maritimes, but will change over to rain from south to north from Nova Scotia through Prince Edward Island and into southern and eastern New Brunswick, as milder air surges in.

Flooding could be a concern for parts of Nova Scotia and P.E.I. Thursday night.

An Accuweather map shows bands of snow across northern, western and central regions of Newfoundland, but a mix of snow and rain for the Avalon and southeastern region.

Anderson's predictions can be read online at www.accuweather.com and he can be followed on Twitter @BrettAWX.

Geographic location: New Brunswick, U.S., Southeastern Newfoundland Gaspe Peninsula Eastern Gulf of Mexico Nova Scotia Cape Cod Bay of Fundy Southeastern Quebec Montreal Quebec City Prince Edward Island

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