“It’s looking like a very slow-moving storm,” said Carmen Hartt, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.
She says the storm will hit the southwestern part of the Maritimes early Tuesday morning and will then spread to and affect the rest of the Maritimes that same day.
“It’s a pretty intense system,” said Hartt.
In Nova Scotia, the storm could leave behind 20 to 30 centimetres of snow, says CBC meteorologist Peter Coade.
The snow should start along the South Shore at about 4 a.m. Tuesday and there shouldn’t be much accumulation in metro before 7 a.m., except along Highway 103.
The snow will continue throughout the day and will change to rain in the evening, likely at around 7 or 8. The rain will continue overnight, but will change back some snow, possibly before daybreak Wednesday.
The storm will bring strong winds with it. Winds could reach as high at 80 to 100 kilometres per hour on Tuesday, resulting in potential blizzard-like conditions.
In New Brunswick, up to 30 centimetres of snow is expected, with Kouchibougouac expected to be the hardest hit. Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John are expected to see around 10 centimetres of snow.
By the end of the day Tuesday, it is possible that at the southern tip of New Brunswick, the snow will turn back to rain.
In P.E.I., it is expected that five to 10 centimetres of snow will fall on the Island.
In eastern P.E.I., it is expected that the snow will turn back to rain on Tuesday evening.