Matt Casey, staff writer
February 2, 2011 — It's a familiar scene in Atlantic Canada as yet another snowstorm rolls through the region.
It was only last Thursday that Maritimers were digging out from under a heavy blanket of snow. After today, it looks like snow shovels and snowblowers will once again be getting plenty of use.
The latest round of wintery weather has arrived after dumping heavy snow in parts of southern Ontario. The worst of the storm hit this afternoon in the Maritimes. There were numerous school cancellations throughout the region in anticipation of the storm's arrival. Air travel has also been affected with cancellations and delays out of Halifax and Moncton.
In Moncton, the snow is coming down hard, which has RCMP urging people to stay off the roads, according to The Weather Network's Atlantic Bureau reporter Shelley Steeves.
“The roads are no place to be,” she says.
“It's slippery, there have been several traffic mishaps and the visibility is really bad in some areas. In fact, quite a few businesses that typically stay open later and shutting down as well.”
New Brunswick and P.E.I. will see heavy snowfall amounts between 10 and 15 cm.
It's bad in New Brunswick, but it's worse in Nova Scotia, where some portions of the province could see up to 25 cm of snow, says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
“It really looks like Nova Scotia could bear the brunt of this one,” she says.
The storm will move into Newfoundland during the evening and overnight hours. The heaviest amounts of snow could be on the Avalon Peninsula.
Snow removal crews in Moncton have been busy this winter. The city has seen around 215 cm of snow since the first storm of the season. According to officials at Moncton's public works department, crews are getting tired because of long days clearing the snow. However, the city is prepared for even more snow; the department notes there is still plenty of room left in the city's snow dumps to store any future snowfall.
The good news is, local groundhogs were able to give their outlook on the rest of the winter, and it's a positive one.
Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam did not see his shadow today and neither did the newest weather prognosticator, New Brunswick's Oromocto Ollie. According to the folklore surrounding Groundhog Day, that means spring could arrive early this year for storm weary Atlantic Canada.
Keep up to date on your forecast by checking out The Weather Network on TV where the National forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour. You can also click our Canadian cities index.