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Colorado low takes aim at Atlantic Canada

Another blast of heavy snow  in the Maritimes
Another blast of heavy snow in the Maritimes

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

February 28, 2011 — A quick moving system is bringing more heavy snow and rain to Atlantic Canada through Tuesday.

Snow removal crews working around the clock
Snow removal crews working around the clock

The same system that's bringing heavy rain and icy road conditions to parts of Ontario and Quebec is giving some students in the Maritimes a day off.

Snowfall warnings are in place throughout New Brunswick, and that prompted several school districts to close their doors ahead of the storm. Up to 20 cm of snow is possible in the central and northwestern parts of the province including areas like Bathurst, Fredericton and Moncton.

Parts of Nova Scotia could see a decent shot of snow as well.

“Unlike the last storm that walloped the Maritimes, and brought mostly rain to Nova Scotia, the province will be feeling more wintery this time around as temperatures drop and snow blankets the region,” says Rob Davis, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Between 5 and 10 cm of snow is likely in the city of Halifax.

Snowbanks are already piled meters high in parts of the Maritimes, and while they may look inviting to children, RCMP say they are dangerous.

“To play on those or make tunnels is a very dangerous situation,” says Cst. Dan Roy with Codiac Regional RCMP in New Brunswick. “We always tell parents to take their kids off the snowbanks because with the plowing and the traffic it's so difficult to see.”

Traffic slowed in Moncton, New Brunswick
Traffic slowed in Moncton, New Brunswick

Strong southerly winds gusting to 100 km/h will push temperatures above the freezing mark through the afternoon and evening hours. That means the snow will transition into rain across all three Maritime provinces.

“So you want to be sure to shovel the snow before the rain starts to fall, otherwise it will be next to impossible to lift the snow from the ground,” warns Davis.

The rain threat prompted officials in Nova Scotia to issue flood warnings Monday afternoon. They say water levels in throughout the province are already high and the expected additional 30 millimeters of rain could push some reservoirs over their banks.

People in low-lying and flood-prone areas are advised to monitor conditions and take precautions.

The system will also track into Newfoundland on Tuesday, bringing more heavy snow to the region.

It was just this past weekend when Stephenville was blasted with 46 cm. Now, between 15 - 25 cm is possible for places like Cornerbrook.

To stay up-to-date on current weather conditions in your area, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, and sign up to get the latest weather watches and warnings sent to your cell phone.

With files from Jill Colton and the Canadian Press

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