Intense Storm hitting East Coast – January 5, 2018

An intense nor’easter storm, which has already had record-breaking impacts on the east coast of the United States and Canada, will continue to batter Atlantic Canada with rain and powerful winds into Friday.

A 50+ mb pressure drop has been measured according to the Weather Prediction Center analysis. For a storm to be officially declared a bomb-cyclone, the pressure has to plummet at least 24 millibars (mb) in 24 hours.

Powerful winds will continue to push through Nova Scotia on Friday, with precipitation easing through the morning. Meanwhile, snow is forecast to intensify across New Brunswick with gusty winds and blizzard conditions.
At 7:30 p.m. AST, the storm had knocked out power to nearly 90,000 people: 74,000 customers in Nova Scotia, and 12,500 in New Brunswick. According to Maritime Electric, crews were dispatched to restore power to all three counties of P.E.I on Thursday.

Temperatures through eastern Nova Scotia and southeastern New Brunswick are expected to drop well below zero late Friday.

Travel Advisory – Marine Atlantic January 5, 2018

Weather Impact Advisory

Marine Atlantic advises customers that due to impending weather conditions the following changes have been made to our schedule:

•North Sydney to Port aux Basques Friday, January 05, 2018 at 1145 and 2345 is now scheduled to depart Sunday, January 07, 2018 at 1145, weather permitting.
•Port aux Basques to North Sydney Friday, January 05, 2018 at 1145 and 2345 is now scheduled to depart Sunday, January 07, 2018 at 1145, weather permitting.
•Port aux Basques to North Sydney Saturday, January 06, 2018 at 1145 and 2345 is now scheduled to depart Sunday, January 07, 2018 at 1145, weather permitting.
•North Sydney to Port aux Basques Saturday, January 06, 2018 at 1145 and 2345 is now scheduled to depart Sunday, January 07, 2018 at 1145, weather permitting.

Marine Atlantic advises our customers that due to impending weather conditions in the Cabot Strait we anticipate a potential impact to the following departures out of both Port aux Basques and North Sydney:

•Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 1145 and 2345.
•Monday, January 8, 2018 at 1145.

Alerts for Channel-Port aux Basques and vicinity – January 4, 2018

Warnings
Storm surge warning in effect for: •Channel-Port aux Basques and vicinity

A powerful winter storm is expected to move through the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Friday. Higher than normal water levels due to a combination of storm surge, high waves, and pounding surf are expected during high tide near noon on Friday for coastal areas west of the Burin Peninsula along the south coast and for Bay St. George.

This is a potentially dangerous situation. Coastal flooding is likely near the shoreline and nearby low-lying areas. High waves combined with the surge may cause damage along the coast.

Travel Advisory – Marine Atlantic January 4, 2018

Weather Impact Advisory 04/01/2018

Marine Atlantic advises customers that due to impending weather conditions the following changes have been made to our schedule:
•North Sydney to Port aux Basques Thursday, January 04, 2018 at 1145 and 2345 is now scheduled to depart Saturday, January 06, 2018 at 1145, weather permitting.
•Port aux Basques to North Sydney Thursday, January 04, 2018 at 1145 and 2345 is now scheduled to depart Saturday, January 06, 2018 at 1145, weather permitting.
•North Sydney to Port aux Basques Friday, January 05, 2018 at 1145 and 2345 is now scheduled to depart Saturday, January 06, 2018 at 1145, weather permitting.
•Port aux Basques to North Sydney Friday, January 05, 2018 at 1145 and 2345 is now scheduled to depart Saturday, January 06, 2018 at 1145, weather permitting.

Marine Atlantic advises our customers that due to impending weather conditions in the Cabot Strait we anticipate a potential impact to the following departures out of both Port Aux Basque and North Sydney:
•Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 1145 and 2345.
•Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 1145 and 2345.
•Monday, January 8, 2018 at 1145.

Winter Storm Warning – Atlantic Provinces January 4, 2018

Hazardous winter conditions are expected.

A major winter storm currently east of Cape Hatteras will approach the Maritimes today. This very intense storm will track near the Bay of Fundy tonight and into the Gulf of St. Lawrence Friday morning.

Snow at times heavy and blowing snow will develop this morning across New Brunswick and Halifax. The snow will change to a mixture of freezing rain and ice pellets and finally to rain over easternmost regions this evening. Total snowfall amounts of 25 to 45 centimetres are expected. Rainfall amounts of up to 10 millimetres can be expected for Thursday night. Parts of the Fundy region however will see higher rainfall totals with anywhere from 20 to 30 millimetres expected.

Northeasterly winds will steadily increase today ahead of the storm, likely gusting between 70 to 90 km/h late in the day giving reduced visibilities in blowing snow. Winds will shift to strong northwesterlies early Friday.

These very strong northeast winds will result in higher than normal water levels and this could lead to some minor coastal flooding along east to northeast-facing coastlines of eastern and northern New Brunswick during high tide late today, and again with the next high tide near dawn Friday.

Road closures are possible, so please be patient with Maritime-Ontario, as we will do the best we can to accommodate, while keeping our drivers safe.

Winter Storm warning for the Maritimes – January 3, 2018

Hazardous winter conditions are expected.

A major winter storm will affect the Atlantic Provinces on Thursday.

Current guidance shows the storm approaching the Maritimes from the southwest and passing over southeastern New Brunswick Thursday night. Conditions will deteriorate Thursday afternoon due to accumulating snow. Potential impacts from this storm include: transportation delays, road closures and power outages.

The snow will develop Thursday morning over the Fundy region and then spread northward across the provinces throughout the afternoon. The snow will change to ice pellets and then to rain southeast region Thursday evening. Total snowfall amounts of 20 to 40 cm are likely across the provinces.
Northeasterly winds will strengthen with gusts near 90 km/h along coastal areas late Thursday afternoon or evening. The winds will shift Thursday night to strong northwesterly. These strong winds combined with rapidly accumulating snow will give poor visibilities in blowing snow.

Very strong northeast winds will result in elevated water levels which could lead to some minor coastal flooding along the south shore of the Bay of Chaleur and the Acadian coast around high tide Thursday night to early Friday.

Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. Road closures are possible.

Winter storm warnings are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

Travel Advisory for Marine Atlantic – January 3, 2018

Potential Impact

Marine Atlantic advises our customers that due to impending weather conditions in the Cabot Strait we anticipate a potential impact to the following departures:
•North Sydney to Port aux Basques Thursday, January 04, 2018 at 1145 and 2345.
•Port aux Basques to North Sydney Thursday, January 04, 2018 at 1145 and 2345.
•North Sydney to Port aux Basques Friday, January 05, 2018 at 1145 and 2345.
•Port aux Basques to North Sydney Friday, January 05, 2018 at 1145 and 2345.
•North Sydney to Port aux Basques Saturday, January 06, 2018 at 1145 and 2345.
•Port aux Basques to North Sydney Saturday, January 06, 2018 at 1145 and 2345.

Travel Advisory – Marine Atlantic – January 2, 2018

Potential Impact 02/01/2018

Marine Atlantic advises our customers that due to impending weather conditions in the Cabot Strait we anticipate a potential impact to the following departures:
•North Sydney to Port aux Basques Thursday, January 04, 2018 at 1145 and 2345.
•Port aux Basques to North Sydney Thursday, January 04, 2018 at 1145 and 2345.
•North Sydney to Port aux Basques Friday, January 05, 2018 at 1145 and 2345.
•Port aux Basques to North Sydney Friday, January 05, 2018 at 1145 and 2345.
•North Sydney to Port aux Basques Saturday, January 06, 2018 at 1145 and 2345.
•Port aux Basques to North Sydney Saturday, January 06, 2018 at 1145 and 2345.

Special Weather Statement for East Coast – January 2, 2018

A major winter storm is expected to affect the East Coast Thursday.

Long range models are coming into agreement with the track of this storm. Current guidance shows it approaching from the south and passing over central Nova Scotia Thursday night. Potential impacts from this storm include possible power outages, deteriorating travel conditions or delays, and potential school disruptions.

Precipitation: Snow will develop Thursday afternoon and spread northward across the provinces with a changeover to rain possible in the southeast late Thursday night. Early snowfall estimates of 15 to 25 cm for most of the province.

Wind: Northeasterly winds will strengthen with gusts near 90 km/h along coastal areas late Thursday afternoon or evening. The winds will shift Thursday night and strong northwesterly winds will persist across the province. Strong winds combined with snow will give poor visibilities in blowing snow during the storm.

Storm Surge: Potential for coastal impacts along the eastern shoreline from large waves and elevated water levels.

SPECIAL WEATHER ALERT – DECEMBER 27, 2017

SPECIAL WEATHER ALERT-DECEMBER 27TH, 2017.

Many parts of the country remain under a “SEVERE COLD” weather alert which is impacting operations in many areas.

Service TO-FROM The Province of Newfoundland & Labrador has been impacted with both Oceanex Inc., and Marine Atlantic having modified their sailing schedules impacting service.

An extreme freeze alert for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia has been issued following significant snow & freezing rain event over Christmas Day.

Quebec & Ontario also digging out from a significant snow event is now facing extreme low temperatures forecasted to last through the week into the weekend.

Western Canada is also impacted by a “severe cold” weather alert.

Traffic within the Maritime-Ontario network remains fluid although some delivery delays are anticipated.

Please check our web-site for daily updates.

We thank you for your patience & understanding.