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Winter grips Atlantic Canada

Staff writers

February 2, 2012 — Newfoundland is digging out while parts of the Maritimes brace for up to 25 cm of snow through Thursday.

Heavy snow walloped Newfoundland Tuesday
Heavy snow walloped Newfoundland Tuesday

A short, but intense low pressure system moved over the Avalon Peninsula Tuesday causing travel delays and school closures in some places.

While the worst of the snow is over, additonal flurries are in the forecast for Thusday.

St. John's airport recorded over 20 cm of snow and wind gusts close to 80 km/h. In Cape Race, peak winds clocked in at 100 km/h.

Blowing snow reduced visibilities to near zero at times. Officials say the whiteout conditions caused problems for motorists, bus drivers and even snow trucks and plows.

Several accidents were reported, and about 100 vehicles were temporarily stranded on the Trans-Canada Highway as conditions deteriorated. Cars and trucks were stuck along a 100 km stretch of the highway between St. John's and Whitbourne.

Thursday's snowfall forecast
Thursday's snowfall forecast

A snowfall warning that was issued for southeastern New Brunswick prompted several schools in the region to cancel classes on Wednesday. Up to 25 cm of snow is possible by the time all is said and done.

"As the low moved through the area, strong winds off the Gulf of St.Lawrence caused some sea-enhancement to the local snowfall amounts," says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Maritime reporter Shelley Steeves is in Moncton, New Brunswick, where snow started falling early Wdnesday morning. "And at times during the day, the snow could be falling at a rate of 2 to 3 cm an hour in some places," she said, adding that it seems a bit ironic to be getting snow on the 20th anniversary of a notorious storm that blasted Atlantic Canada back in 1992.

The roads are still snow packed and icy from a storm that hit the region last weekend. The heavy snow prevented mail delivery n some neighbourhoods and triggered flight delays across the region.

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