Meteorologists warn that a developing storm threatens Canada with its worst blizzard in the last 10 years which is likely to bring hurricane force winds, impressive tides and flooding. The United States is not on the storm’s radar, unless it makes an unexpected turn, but the northern neighbor is expected to receive a massive hit. The blizzard draws its strength from the sharp temperature differences and will hit the whole East Coast starting Wednesday afternoon. Forecasts state that the biggest impacts will occur in Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, the islands of Nantucket and extreme northeastern Maine.
The Weather Channel sent storm-chasing meteorologist Mike Seidel to Halifax to cover the developing storm which threatens Canada with its worst blizzard in the last 10 years and, although the station usually sends forecasters abroad to cover hurricanes, this is a special case which transforms a snowstorm into a real hazard. The expected storm is compared with the one in February 2004, called “White Juan,” which brought two to three feet of snow in Halifax and silenced the city of approximately 400,000 people. Environment Canada recalled that it snowed without interruption for 12 hours during “White Juan,” but what makes this developing storm more frightening is that it also brings extreme wind and high waves. The mariners caught in the storm’s circulation should be careful, because winds will exceed 85 miles per hour and waves could even top 45 feet in height. Residents of Cape Cod could witness wind with hurricane force.
Canadian Storm in a Nutshell
A developing storm threatens Canada with its worst blizzard in the last 10 years and AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno told CTV that people should not underestimate weather’s power. At the same time, Stephen McNeil, Nova Scotia Premier alerted the community to take care of the elderly and those living alone and make sure the connection between neighbors is constant until the storm passes.
Rayno described the upcoming storm as the type which “shuts things down” and, even if it does not seem to affect the United States, Canada will be severely hit. Cindy Day, the chief meteorologist of CTV Atlantic stated that this type of storm is called a “weather bomb,” and other sources say that it will also cause financial damages. A report from CTV Atlantic shows that Saint John, New Brunswick’s winter works department has already spent almost two-thirds of the total $5.8 million set aside for snow removal in 2014 and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia estimates that the budget will need $500,000 more because of the storm which threatens Canada. Moreover, Halifax’s manager of winter operations Gordon Hayward believes that the developing storm could seize the city’s snow removal budget of $20 million per year.
Meteorologist Matt MacDonald from Environment Canada predicts that the storm which is upon the country is likely to continue until the first half of April and threatens all areas except for the West Coast. He also mentioned that, although the sun might come out on the weekend, in the near future there is no good news with regard to the weather; on the contrary, people should expect “below-seasonal temperatures.” The developing storm may not threaten the United States, but it will hit Canada with its worst blizzard in the last 10 years.
By Gabriela Motroc