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Spring snowstorm hits eastern Canada


Another round of snow blankets eastern Canada
Another round of snow blankets eastern Canada

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

April 21, 2011 — A messy mix of wintery weather hit Quebec and the Maritimes on Wednesday. Now, the system is hitting Newfoundland.

Poor road conditions close schools in Newfoundland Thursday
Poor road conditions close schools in Newfoundland Thursday

The same system that brought snow, freezing rain and roaring thunderstorms to Ontario Wednesday morning pushed east into Quebec and Atlantic Canada, bringing a mix of wintery weather to the provinces as well.

About 10 cm of snow fell at the airport in Quebec City. In addition to accumulating snowfall, there were also strong winds. Gusts of more than 50 km/h were recorded, leading to whiteout conditions on many highways. Roads were also slick, and as a result several people cancelled appointments to remove winter tires.

In the Maritimes, the same system stirred up just about every form of precipitation possible. A combination of rain, snow, freezing rain and ice pellets hammered the region, making it difficult for anyone looking to get around. Moncton alone saw about 7 hours of freezing rain, which led to less than ideal driving conditions.

“The ice pellets have accumulated along with slush,” said Shelley Steeves, The Weather Network's Maritime Bureau reporter on Wednesday. “Not good driving at all.”

In addition to blanketing parts of Quebec, New Brunswick and PEI, this system also brought some light snow to Cape Breton. Most of Nova Scotia coped with rain with periods of freezing rain as well.

Snow piles up in Newfoundland
Snow piles up in Newfoundland

The precipitation pushed into Newfoundland on Thursday giving some students an extra long Easter weekend. The spring snowfall closed several schools in the eastern district.

Slippery roads in the Burin Peninsula and western Avalon delayed school openings there as well. Up to 15 cm of snow is possible for some areas by the time the system moves out on Friday.

This soggy system has put emergency officials on high alert. So far, the spring flood in New Brunswick has been stable, but any additional rain or snow can change water levels significantly.

Karl Wilmot is the public safety officer for New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization (EMO). He says the flood watch in the area continues and officials will be keeping a close eye on the fluctuating levels.

To stay up to date on conditions in your area, tune in to the Weather Network. Local forecasts come up every 10 minutes on the 10's.

With files from Lyndsay Morrison

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