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Maritimers wake up to a blanket of snow

Staff writers
February 28, 2012 — After heavy snow hit parts of the Maritimes over the weekend, some residents are digging out once again.

Snow forecast through Tuesday
Snow forecast through Tuesday

The same low pressure system that brought heavy snow to parts of the Prairies and northern Ontario over the weekend pushed towards the Maritimes on Monday.

Snowfall warnings were issued for most of mainland Nova Scotia and parts of southeastern New Brunswick.

"As of 6 am, local time on Tuesday, places like Greenwood, Nova Scotia and Moncton, New Brunswick had already picked up around 10 cm of snow," says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "An additional 5-10 cm is possible in some places."

Some school buses in the region cancelled service due to the overnight snow and slick conditions on the roads. Several schools in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick also closed their doors for the day.

"This wasn't a huge storm by any means, but it definitely caused some dangerous driving conditions for the commute and it caused some delays," says The Weather Network's Shelley Steeves who was in Moncton Tuesday morning. "In fact, on my way to work I saw few fender benders, not a great way to start the day."

Most places will see a transition over to rain as temperatures rise and the low departs through the day.

Weekend snow totals
Weekend snow totals

Parts of the Maritimes are still digging out after a wintery wallop over the weekend.

"Areas north of the system had the greatest snowfall totals," says Dillon. "The sea effect played an additional role in bringing heavier amounts to certain areas as well."

Bathurst, New Brunswick picked up 35 cm of snow. That combined with wind gusts up to 50 km/h lead to near zero visibility on the roads. In Wreckhouse, winds clocked in at 160 km/h.

To keep track of the warnings in your area visit the Alerts section of the website.

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