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Battling winter in Atlantic Canada


Staff writers

March 28, 2012 — The battle between warm and cold air continues across Atlantic Canada and after a storm recently swept through the region, it looks like winter still has the upper hand.

Snowfall totals
Snowfall totals

A low pressure system that moved into Atlantic Canada Monday brought snow and powerful winds to the region.

Whiteout conditions shut down most of Prince Edward Island on Tuesday as schools, businesses and government offices closed.

At one point, snowplow operators in western P.E.I. were reporting whiteout conditions on 80 percent of the roads.

"Only a few centimetres fell throughout the Maritimes, but the winds and blowing snow were what made for poor visibility and difficult driving conditions," says Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

In some areas, winds gusted over 70 km/h.

Schools in central Nova Scotia were also shut down as well as western Newfoundland where over 20 cm of snow piled up.

"23 cm was reported in Deer Lake," says Ressler.

Whiteout conditions reported in P.E.I. Tuesday
Whiteout conditions reported in P.E.I. Tuesday

The wintery conditions resulted in traffic restrictions on the Confederation Bridge Tuesday morning.

Motorcycles, buses, trucks and cars towing trailers were prohibited from traveling, but the bridge re-opened to all traffic late in the afternoon.

Mail delivery was also affected in Nova Scotia and P.E.I due to the storm, along with flight delays and ferry cancellations.

"Conditions will improve through the day on Wednesday with some sea effect flurries likely in parts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland," says Ressler.

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