A clipper system which brought light snow to parts of the mid-Atlantic and New England Saturday night slammed into Atlantic Canada Monday.
As this system lifted through the Atlantic Ocean, it rapidly strengthen while taking a northward turn into the Canadian Maritimes.
This rapid strengthening lead to the development of an all-out blizzard from Labrador through eastern Quebec.
Snow intensified across parts of this region Sunday night, producing snowfall rates of up to 2-3 inches (5-8 cm) per hour from Charlottetown, P.E.I., to Gaspe through Goose Bay, Newfoundland.
The storm was intense enough to close schools and cancel ferry crossings Monday.
The storm brought in enough warm air to change snow over to rain in much of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. As colder air wraps in around the storm from the west, some areas that saw a change to rain or a wintry mix will change back to snow.
Snow expand further northward on Monday with the heaviest snow turning from a zone from eastern New Brunswick through the Gaspe Peninsula into much of Labrador.
Snow totals approached 12 inches (30 cm) from northeastern New Brunswick through the Gaspe Peninsula into much of Labrador and a large part of eastern Quebec. Local amounts to 24 inches (60 cm) were possible, mainly across a zone from west-central Labrador through the eastern tip of the Gaspe Peninsula.
Not only will the snow cause significant travel problems, but dangerous winds lead to power outages and tree damage.
During the peak of the snow, winds began to gust between 30-40 mph (50-65 kph) across most of the inland locations.
Meanwhile, wind gusts approached 60 mph (97 kph) along the immediate coast of Labrador, and up to 50 mph (80 kph) along the immediate coast of Newfoundland.
Significant blowing and drifting snow became a problem across the eastern portion of Quebec into Labrador and parts of New Brunswick in the coming days. Visibilities fell below 0.25 of a mile (0.4 of a km) during the height of the storm.
A surge of milder air from the Atlantic caused the precipitation to changeover to plain rain across coastal sections of Newfoundland on Monday.
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