The Weather Network – PHOTOS: Major winter storm floods and freezes Atlantic Canada
It was a tough day for residents of Atlantic Canada who battled heavy rain, high winds and a sudden drop in temperature as an active storm swept through the region. The rain washed out roads in Newfoundland and caused flooding in parts of the Maritimes. High winds knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers in Nova Scotia. More on the impacts of this latest storm and what to expect ahead of the weekend, below.
STRONG WINDS CUT OFF POWER, HEAVY RAINS WASH ROADS
Although we saw heavy snowfall for northern New Brunswick and the Gaspé Peninsula, this storm was primarily a rain and wind event for the Atlantic Provinces.
Heavy rains caused localized flooding in some areas. The heaviest precipitation totals fell in western Newfoundland, where we are likely to see up to 100mm of rain by the end of the precipitation Friday evening.
Runoff from the heavy rain washed away part of Highway 461 on Newfoundland’s west coast near Stephenville, according to the province. Department of Transportation and Infrastructure on Twitter.
The system’s strong winds also caused many problems. Tens of thousands of homes and businesses were without power at one point on Friday due to high winds that downed trees and power lines. Crews quickly restored service for most customers as winds eased throughout the day, and only a fraction of homes and businesses were without power before Friday evening.
Winds and rain weren’t the only problems facing the region. We saw a textbook flash freeze in the Maritimes on Friday.
Fredericton, New Brunswick, experienced a staggering 10°C temperature drop in 20 minutes on Friday morning. The city’s airport recorded a temperature of 11°C at 10:42 a.m. local time, which fell to just 1°C at 11:00 a.m. It is a powerful cold front.
The dramatic drop in temperatures has triggered flash freeze warnings across the Maritimes. The sudden arrival of cold air froze any remaining standing water on the roads and sidewalks, making it dangerous to travel by vehicle and on foot during the day Friday.