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Maritimers dig out from a wintery blast

Staff writers

November 24, 2011 — Rain, freezing rain and heavy snow. A powerful winter storm blasted the Maritimes Wednesday.

Record snowfall totals in Atlantic Canada
Record snowfall totals in Atlantic Canada

A powerful system that moved in from the U.S. brought a wintery mix to parts of Ontario and southern Quebec on Tuesday. Some places reported periods of freezing rain and dangerous driving conditions, while others saw their first measureable snowfall of the season.

“The same system then moved quickly towards the east on Wednesday bringing heavy snow for New Brunswick and parts of Nova Scotia,” says Martin Belanger, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Both Saint John and Moncton saw 20 cm of snow pile up, while Greenwood and Halifax recorded closer to 35 cm. Sydney however, took the top spot with 40 cm of snow.

Snowfall warnings stretched across the Atlantic provinces on Wednesday, forcing several schools in the area to shut down ahead of the storm. Air Canada was also encouraging passengers to call ahead to check the status of their flight, as air travel was affected.

Road conditions deteriorated quickly and police reported several collisions and crashes throughout the day.

Drivers urged to keep cars off the streets Thursday
Drivers urged to keep cars off the streets Thursday

Although the region will spend Thursday digging out, most schools and businesses are open.

Police however, are reminding drivers to make sure their cars are off the streets so that snow removal efforts can continue throughout the day.

The system continued to track into Newfoundland where snowfall and winter storm warnings were issued. 29 cm of snow fell in St. John's, making it the city's snowiest November day on record.

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