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Winter storm batters East Coast

Staff writers
December 29, 2012 — A winter storm that blasted much of central Canada moved into the country's East Coast on Friday.

Snowfall totals Friday to Saturday morning; more snow on the way Sunday with new system
Snowfall totals Friday to Saturday morning; more snow on the way Sunday with new system

The same storm that that turned deadly in the U.S., and brought severe winter conditions to parts of Ontario and Quebec, has made its way into Atlantic Canada.

Environment Canada said the northeast coast and central parts of the island would see the highest accumulation of snow — anywhere between 15 and 25 centimetres. 

The forecast also called for wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour along the province's south coast. 

The weather prompted Air Canada to advise travellers to expect delays and cancellations of flights to or from St. John's International Airport. 

That also forced a handful of flight delays at other airports in the region including Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

High winds and rough seas in the Cabot Strait also forced Marine Atlantic to tie up its vessels.

No daytime crossings to Nova Scotia were scheduled, although the ferry service was expected to resume with late sailings on Friday. 

Meanwhile, rain and some freezing rain was forecast for areas of New Brunswick that were hit with up to 20 cm of snow on Thursday.

Peak wind gusts Friday
Peak wind gusts Friday

The region was expected to get a brief respite on Saturday before another storm was expected to push through on Sunday. 

Environment Canada meteorologist Linda Libby said forecasters had their eye on a low pressure system building off the eastern coast of the U.S. 

"It's going to be a large scale and significant storm," said Libby. 

She said early indications pointed to strong winds and snow for most of mainland Nova Scotia. The storm would also affect eastern portions of New Brunswick as well as Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Libby said the system could bring anywhere from 15 to 25 centimetres of wet, heavy snow depending upon the temperatures. 

"If the track adjusts a little bit further to the north then warmer air could come in and we could see at least a portion of the precipitation changing to rain," she said. 

Visit the Alerts section of the website to keep on top of watches and warnings across the country.

With files from The Canadian Press

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