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Canadian Winter In Full Force As 9 Provinces Under Warnings, Watches

01/04/2015 11:53 EST | Updated 03/06/2015 05:59 EST
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The holiday season might be nearing its end, but the winter season is just starting to flex its muscles as a messy assortment of winter warnings and special weather statements are in place in nine provinces in Canada.

Here’s a breakdown from coast to coast:

British Columbia

Environment Canada is advising British Columbians to postpone non-essential travel due to "hazardous winter conditions" brought by a strong winter storm.

The weather agency issued winter storm warnings and watches for some parts of the province as multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur at the same time.

The storm, advancing from the coast, will bring heavy snow across the warning areas. Snowfall of 15 to 30 centimetres is expected. For those residents heading back to work after the holidays, a break in the snow is expected early Monday morning before the weather system brings another five to 10 cm of snow.

But it doesn't end there — freezing rain is also possible late Monday and Tuesday.

A special weather statement is also in effect for some parts of the province, forecasting snow accumulation of 20 to 40 cm.

Prairies and Northern Ontario

Most parts of the Prairie provinces and northern Ontario are under extreme cold warnings, as residents brace for a period of bitter cold and fierce wind chills.  

The deep freeze is brought by a frigid Arctic air mass that has settled over the Prairies, according to Environment Canada.

In southern Saskatchewan, southern Manitoba and northern Ontario, it could feel as cold as –40 C to –45 C with the wind chill.   

Southern Ontario

Southern Ontario will soon share the fate of its Prairie neighbours as the Arctic air mass will plunge the region into a deep freeze for the upcoming work week, according to Environment Canada.

The weather system is expected to bring the coldest weather so far this season in the coming week. Temperatures will likely dip to –20 C or below on the coldest days — well below the seasonal average for early January.  

The areas along the shorelines of the Great Lakes and southwestern Ontario may bottom out between –15 C to –20 C.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the region.

Freezing rain warnings, winter storm warnings and snow squall watches are also in place throughout the area.

Quebec

Extreme cold, winter storm, freezing rain, snowfall, snow squall and blowing snow. Quebec has it all.

Environment Canada issued extreme cold warnings for parts of the province, where it could feel as cold as –38 C to –48 C due to cold temperatures combined with winds.

Winter storm warnings are also in effect as moderate snow changes to freezing rain late Sunday. Expect snowfall of between 15 to 30 cm and freezing precipitation between five and 15 millimetres.

Environment Canada is advising residents to postpone non-essential travel until conditions improve.

Snow squall watches and blowing snow advisories are also in place for parts of the province.  

 “Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero,” Environment Canada said.

Atlantic Canada

Messy winter conditions appear to have spared Prince Edward Island, but the rest of the Atlantic provinces are all under the spell of winter.

Winter storm warnings and freezing rain warnings are in place for New Brunswick, as snow changes to ice pellets then to freezing rain in some parts of the province.

A messy weather forecast is in store for Newfoundland and Labrador, as the region braces for wind, freezing rain, winter storm and snowfall. In the Wreckhouse area, strong winds gusting to 120 km/h are expected.

Rainfall warnings are in place for most parts of Nova Scotia. Snow will continue to fall over eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. It will then be mixed with ice pellets this afternoon and change to rain by late afternoon or early evening.

Central and southern Nova Scotia could get between 25 and 40 mm of rainfall. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is also possible. 

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