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Powerful winds, snow cause low visibility in Atlantic Canada

Staff writers

March 22, 2013 — A powerful low pressure system pushing through Atlantic Canada has resulted in dangerous driving conditions across the region.

Snowfall forecast
Snowfall forecast

For the second time in two days, parts of Atlantic Canada are being lashed with snow and damaging winds. 

On Wednesday, parts of northern New Brunswick saw close to 30 cm of snow, closing schools and resulting in poor road conditions. 

This time around, the bulk of the heavy snow hit eastern Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. 

"By the early morning hours on Friday, Sydney had already recorded over 25 cm of snow," says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. 

He adds that unlike the first round of storms, this system is bringing wind gusts over 100 km/h to some places -- leading to blowing snow and whiteout conditions in some places. 

Avoid unnecessary travel on Friday
Avoid unnecessary travel on Friday

As a result, several schools and government offices across the region were closed for the day Friday.

The RCMP are advising motorists to avoid unnecessary travel and Marine Atlantic's ferry service across the Gulf of St. Lawrence has also been shut down because of the conditions. 

Those with air travel plans have been asked to check the status of their flights before heading to the airport Friday. 

"This is the worst storm we have seen in years," says Weather Network viewer Melinda from North Sydney, Nova Scotia. 

"The drifts are over our cars, the roads are impassable, visibility is just about zero. Police vehicles are stuck in the snow and can't even get a tow truck."

According to Dillon, conditions are expected to gradually improve through the day on Friday.

"And residents can look forward to a storm free weekend ahead." 

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