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Maritimers dig out from Easter storm

Staff writers

April 9, 2012 — A strong low pressure system that pushed into eastern Canada over the weekend forced some Maritimers to cancel Easter plans.

Snowfall totals
Snowfall totals

People across the Maritimes woke up to a white Easter Sunday, as Mother Nature dumped more than 20 cm of snow on some places.

A strong low-pressure system swept over parts of Nova Scotia and PEI on Saturday afternoon, starting as rain before turning into heavy snow. The system then moved into New Brunswick during the overnight hours and people there saw the most intense conditions.

By Sunday afternoon, Moncton had already seen a whopping 23 cm of snow accumulate since Saturday night. The heavy snow left thousands without power and snarled traffic on the roads.

"With intense wind gusts in open areas, there were problems with visibility," said The Weather Network's Shelley Steeves. "There were even restrictions on the Confederation Bridge as well, just an absolutely messy day."

The snow was also responsible for cancelling many Easter church services across all three Maritime provinces.

"Some people had to cancel plans with their family and friends, which was likely disappointing, but definitely a good call because it was dangerous out there on Sunday morning," says Steeves.

People across the Maritimes are still digging out from this weekend's heavy snow
People across the Maritimes are still digging out from this weekend's heavy snow

In Nova Scotia, the weather forced RCMP to call off the search for a missing Halifax fisherman Sunday.

33-year-old Brent Walton of Eastern Passage has been missing since his boat capsized in Level Spot Lake on Friday. The search will resume Monday.

Despite the problems caused by the storm, Steeves says there is a silver lining to the Easter snowfall.

"It is very good news for farmers. Heading into the weekend it was very dry and farmers were worried about the soil being too dry for spring planting, so the snowfall is welcomed for them."

The recent snow is also good news for forest fires. An early grass fire season across the Maritimes had emergency crews on high alert, so the snowfall will help to suppress fears of forest fires in the region.

Make sure to visit the Alerts section of the website for watches and warnings in your area.

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