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Atlantic Canadians dig out from heavy snow

Staff writers

December 31, 2012 — The Maritime provinces are digging out after a Nor'easter brought up to 40 cm of snow to some places on Sunday.

Snowfall totals
Snowfall totals

A major winter storm that hit the Maritimes Sunday brought heavy snow and strong winds to all three provinces. 

The heaviest snow piled up in New Brunswick with between 20-40 cm recorded in some places. 

Saint John and Bathurst both broke daily snowfall records set back in 1997, after over 20 cm was reported Sunday. 

The snow snarled traffic and left thousands without power across the province. 

Thousands of customers were also in the dark in western Nova Scotia as the storm brought snow, ice pellets, rain and strong winds. 

While regions to the north and west saw mostly snow, areas in southeastern Nova Scotia recorded less snowfall amounts as it started to mix with rain throughout the afternoon hours.

Still, the storm grounded flights at Halifax Stanfield International Airport Sunday morning and lead to several flight cancellations and delays at St. John's International Airport and the Greater Moncton International Airport as well. 

Officials say the delays could continue into Monday, and travellers are urged to check the status of their flight before heading out.

Snowfall forecast through Monday
Snowfall forecast through Monday

In addition to the snow, winds gusting up to 100 km/h made driving conditions treacherous in some places. 

At one point, traffic on the Confederation Bridge between New Brunswick and PEI was restricted to vehicles due to high winds.

A bus heading for Charlottetown slid off the road near Summerside and landed on its side late Sunday afternoon. No serious injuries were reported and police were unable to say if weather was a factor. Officials with the bus line however, believe that high winds were what caused the coach to blow off the highway. 

Conditions are expected to improve across the Maritimes Monday as the system continues to move east.

Parts of Newfoundland and Labrador are bracing for heavy snow and strong winds through the day.

Over 30 cm could fall in some places with strong northerly winds gusting over 90 km/h forecast as well. 

The storm could also result in higher than normal water levels along the east and northeast coasts, along with pounding surf during the morning high tide.

With files from The Canadian Press

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