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Atlantic Canada battles another Nor'Easter


Sky-high snow piles in Moncton, NB
Sky-high snow piles in Moncton, NB

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

February 8, 2011 — Heavy snow, gusty winds and reduced visibilities. Another blast of winter is giving Atlantic Canadians a lot to contend with.

Potential snowfall accumulations for the Maritimes
Potential snowfall accumulations for the Maritimes

After a weekend of vicious snow and howling winds, Atlantic Canadians are battling yet another Nor'Easter.

“This storm will move through in two waves,” says Elena Grigorenko, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “The main storm will hit the Maritimes through Tuesday and will then move into Newfoundland Tuesday evening. Then a secondary low that will develop off the main system will give the Maritime provinces additional snowfall and strong winds throughout the day on Wednesday.”

By the time all is said and done, some places could see up to 25 cm of snow.

Expected snowfall totals for Newfoundland
Expected snowfall totals for Newfoundland

That includes the city of Moncton where heavy snow has been piling up since the start of the winter season.

The area has already been hammered with about 250 cm of snow and city crews are feeling the pinch. Not only are they running out of places to put the snow, but there's a concern about exceeding the annual snowfall budget. The heavy snow is also becoming a risk for pedestrians and drivers as snowbanks are reaching dangerous levels.

Roof collapses are becoming more common as well with the pressure from the accumulating snow.

The province of Newfoundland has also been taking quite the hit this season. Many are still digging out from a stormy weekend and now the Nor'Easter is bringing another round of crushing snow.

Winter storm warnings are in place for several communities including St. John's and the Avalon Peninsula. 20-30 cm of snow is likely for parts of the province.

“Keep in mind it's also a wind event so blowing snow is promising,” says Mark Robinson, another meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Police are warning motorists to adjust their driving habits accordingly as road conditions will be compromised. Slowing down and packing a winter survival kit for your vehicle are just some of the essential things to keep in mind. Those planning to fly in or out of the Atlantic provinces should also check their flight status before hand.

Meteorologists here at The Weather Network are closely tracking this system and the public is advised to monitor future forecasts.

To stay updated on this storm, tune into The Weather Network on TV. National Forecasts come up at :2 and :32 minutes past each hour.

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With files from Jill Colton

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