Storm may ruin Valentine's Day for Atlantic Canada

A man clears snow from his driveway Feb. 12, 2014. (Kevin King/QMI Agency file photo)

A man clears snow from his driveway Feb. 12, 2014. (Kevin King/QMI Agency file photo)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:23 AM ET

Snow, freezing rain and winter storm warnings are in effect for Atlantic Canada on Thursday and Friday, in what The Weather Network is calling a Valentine's Day storm.

Widespread outages and road closures are predicted in Nova Scotia, P.E.I., New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

"So if you're a last-minute kind of guy or gal, we recommend you get your Valentine's Day goodies ahead of time," Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese said.

The Emergency Measures Organization issued a winter storm warning for New Brunswick. Some areas could see as much as 40 cm of snow. Winds are expected to hit 60-80 km/h on Thursday, and pick up to 90-110 km/h on Friday.

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"New Brunswickers should be prepared to take care of themselves for at least 72 hours following a storm. Residents should have emergency kits ready for home and car and know what to do and how to stay safe during power outages," the EMO said.

Parts of Newfoundland could see wind gusts as strong as 140 km/h on Friday.

"Forecast confidence is high that the winds will be very strong and potentially damaging especially across Newfoundland," Vettese warned. "Widespread power outages are possible."

P.E.I and Nova Scotia will both see freezing rain, likely followed by snow.

And once that's over, Eastern Canada could be in for more.

"Another storm may be hot on the heels of the last one," Gina Ressler, another meteorologist at The Weather Network, said. "It looks like Saturday night into Sunday, Atlantic Canada could be dealing with another very windy and snowy system."


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