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Powerful storm knocks out power to thousands across the Maritimes


Staff writers

December 20, 2012 — More than 4,000 customers were still without power in New Brunswick early Thursday after a powerful snowstorm hit the region Wednesday.

Snowfall totals
Snowfall totals

Between heavy snow and strong winds, it was looking and feeling a lot more like winter across parts of the Maritimes on Wednesday. 

Snow began falling across the region Tuesday afternoon with some places like Fredericton and Edmundston, New Brunswick seeing around 10 cm by the early morning hours Wednesday. 

The Weather Network's Nathan Coleman was in Fredericton Tuesday night, where he says driving conditions were treacherous. 

"As soon as I got off the highway, I pulled into the gas station and the attendant told me he already saw three accidents at the intersection in front of the gas station," said Coleman.

Snow and ice lead to several power outages Wednesday
Snow and ice lead to several power outages Wednesday

An additional 5-10 cm of snow piled up in some areas Wednesday. 

That lead to another challenging day for motorists and prompted several schools across New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to cancel classes for the day. 

Flights were also cancelled or delayed at airports in New Brunswick and thousands of customers were left without power. 

By the early morning hours on Thursday, officials said more than 4,000 homes and businesses around the province were still in the dark. Nearly 900 of those were in Fredericton alone.  

At the height of the storm, power was out for about 10,000 province wide as ice and wet snow weighed down power lines and trees nearby.

Be sure to check our Current Road Conditions Index for traffic information and visit our Alerts page for all watches and warnings.


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