Northeast Snowstorm Hits Canada as Blizzard

By , AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist
December 31, 2012; 5:10 AM ET
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The snowstorm that moved through the Northeast on Saturday was slamming part of Atlantic Canada as a blizzard Sunday.

The storm has the potential to bring 30 to 45 cm (12 to 18 inches) of snow to northwestern Nova Scotia, much of Prince Edward Island and southeastern New Brunswick and central Newfoundland.

Winds will increase over the region, causing extensive blowing and drifting of the snow on the ground and creating rough seas.

According to Canada Weather Expert Brett Anderson, "This will easily be the worst storm of the season so far for much of the Maritimes."

Intersection of Peter Dugas Rd & Second Division, St. Martin, Nova Scotia on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. (Photo by Twitter user DanRobichaud)

The bulk of the snow from Sunday's storm will only graze most of the locations in Quebec that were hit with heavy snow after Christmas.

A storm recently slammed the St. Lawrence Valley, New Brunswick and southern Ontario with heavy snow.

Montreal was hit with 45 cm of the white stuff, with about 30 cm of snow falling on Bathhurst, New Brunswick spanning Dec. 27-28, 2012. Quebec City, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario, received close to 20 cm with around 10 cm falling on Toronto, Ontario. (Photos.com image)

Strong winds were hitting the Gulf of St. Lawrence region with this weekend's storm.

Wind-driven rain, a wintry mix and snow will fall over Newfoundland Sunday night. Then the storm will focus over Labrador Monday.

This map shows expected snowfall Sunday night through Monday.

"Progressively colder air will sweep across the region in the wake of the storm over fresh snow cover through next week," Anderson said, "There is the potential for some of the coldest weather in recent years."

The combination of the snow from the recent and upcoming storms, as the same for the colder air will make for some of the best skiing conditions for the early season in the past several years.

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