March is just around the corner, but a few words should be said about the final weekend of February!   We saw a bit of everything over the weekend: pockets of heavy rain, a thunderstorm or two, fog, sun and let’s not forget, record high temperatures.  In fact yesterday’s Canadian hot spot was Cheticamp at 19 degrees!

Today, an approaching cold front will bring a few showers or wet flurries – mostly across northern New Brunswick, but overall, it’s pretty quiet.  Behind the front, the cold NW winds swing around to the SW very quickly…giving us a very pleasant last day of February!

The first day of March will be a very different story.  A developing Colorado low is expected to bring rain and wind to many of us, but I think the more northern regions of New Brunswick as well as western PEI are in for some snow!

With a temperature profile that sits very near the freezing mark, snowfall totals will be tricky!  Right now I believe that parts of NE New Brunswick could get 10-15 cm of snow, with 5-10 cm in the NW.  Right now, the rain/snow line should sit near or just north of Fredericton – the capital city likely getting a couple centimetres before the changeover to rain.

It should be a rain event for Nova Scotia and eastern PEI but there could be a little wet snow in the mix, on the leading edge of the system.  

Behind the Colorado low, get ready for a brief but mighty blast of cold air by the end of the week.  That’s right, we’ll be talking “wind chill and snow squalls” again!  It’s not over yet my friends…

 

Chief Meteorologist

Cindy Day