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Messy New Year’s Eve weather expected for much of Canada

Many people across the country will be ringing in the new year in damp, cold, and windy weather conditions tonight, according to Environment Canada. 

A variety of alerts and warnings have been issued for New Year's Eve, including heavy snowfall in parts of B.C. and Alberta, snow squalls in southern Ontario, and ice pellets for the Atlantic provinces and parts of Quebec.

A frontal system over B.C.'s southern coast and much of the central coast will give heavy rain to the region today. Total rainfall amounts of 40 to 60 mm are expected. 

The rest of the province is experiencing snowfall warnings, covering areas like McGregor, Kinbasket, Kootenay Lake and North Colombia.

In parts of Alberta, wind alerts have been issued by Environment Canada. Strong winds with gusts up to 100 km/h are occurring and are expected to continue until Wednesday morning in areas such as Cardston, Fort Macleod ,Magrath, Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, and Waterton Lakes National Park.

Environment Canada is warning that damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows may occur, and drivers should be prepared to adjust with changing road conditions due to high winds.

Most of Southern Ontario is under a snow squall watch, but the risk should dissipate by early afternoon, according to Environment Canada. 

Much of southern Quebec and the Atlantic provinces are under a snow fall warning, with estimated amounts the snow reaching up to 30cm. 

Almost the entire province of New Brunswick is under a snowfall warning as well, so there's a good chance that many people in the region will be spending the beginning of 2020 digging themselves out of their driveways.

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