Jonathan Forani, CTVNews.ca staff
Published Thursday, January 17, 2019 8:56 EST
An "intense winter storm" could scatter parts of Quebec and Atlantic Canada this weekend, bringing with it a major "snow" of 30 cm or more, according to Environmental Canada.
"Although it is difficult to give details long ago, all indications show a major snow event (for the Maritimes)," the department's website said.
Meteorologists followed a storm system that developed in the US. and say that if the system goes further south, some regions that are currently in special weather conditions may be spared the worst. "Details should become clearer over the next two days, as the system is gradually developing in the South of the United States," Environment Canada said.
Other parts of the country, from northern Ontario to Yukon, are under extreme cold weather warnings and may experience wind cooling temperatures down to -40 degrees C and -50 degrees Celsius.
Here are the current weather warnings across the country.
A drop of 30 cm or more is possible in what is called a "big winter storm" with strong winds, major precipitation "more than 50 mm" and the potential for frosty rain, Environment Canada said.
Newfoundland and Labrador are under a cool cold alert with wind storms reaching a possible -48C, but the province can be spared the worst of the storms.
If the southern US storm track is heading south, some areas in Quebec may be missing, but Canada has issued special weather reports detailing the "intense winter storm" for southern Quebec, which could see "the very winds strong and cold in the north "And snow blowing" that reduces visibility and makes slippery roads.
"This storm should invade the province of Quebec," the department said. "The areas most affected should be those near the American border and the Atlantic Ocean."
The North Quebec region will likely escape the storm, but parts of the region will see wind values at near -48 degrees C on Friday morning.
Extreme storms, including wind temperatures close to -45 ° C, are expected overnight, Thursday and Friday morning for parts of northern Ontario, including Attawapiskat, Fort Severn and Moosonee.
"This arctic Arctic Arc Arctic stream will remain in place over the weekend and probably next week," Environment Canada said.
Extreme storms with wind values between -40 and -50 degrees C are expected to blot Western provinces, and wind warnings are valid for parts of BC.
Northern region of the Dempster highway in Yukon will see viscose conditions with viscosity close to zero on Thursday, according to Environmental Canada. "The journey is expected to be extremely dangerous due to reduced visibility."
Several areas of Nunavut face windstorms near -55 degrees C today and Friday. "Frostbite can develop in a few minutes on the exposed skin, especially with the coolness of the wind," said Environment Canada.