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Heavy snow piles up in Atlantic Canada


Staff writers

January 30, 2012 — After a mild start to winter, people in Atlantic Canada were dealing with heavy snow and strong winds over the weekend. More snow is in store.

Snowfall totals in Newfoundland
Snowfall totals in Newfoundland

A lack of snow in the Maritimes has impacted the ski season and the economy so far this winter.

A system that pushed in from the U.S. however, gave some places the snow they've been waiting for on Friday.

“Parts of Ontario and Quebec started feeling the impact of this storm Thursday,” says Elena Lappo, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “By Friday, Maritimers were deadling with ice pellets, freezing rain and snow.”

About 5 cm of snow fell in parts of Nova Scotia before the precipitation switched over to rain.

Moncton saw 9 cm of snow before getting pelted with 24 mm of rain, while Bathurst saw over 30 cm pile up. Charlottetown, PEI recorded about 10 cm of snow by the time the system moved through.

Wind warnings were also in effect for parts of PEI and northern Nova Scotia, but they were dropped Saturday afternoon. Early Saturday morning, the Confederation Bridge was closed to a variety of vehicle types as winds gusted up to 90 km/h.

More snow forecast Monday-Tuesday
More snow forecast Monday-Tuesday

The system pushed into Newfoundland overnight Friday.

Heavy snow accompanied by strong winds made for treacherous driving conditions on Saturday.

In St. John's, peak wind gusts reached 93 km/h. In Wreckhouse, gusts reached a hurricane-strength of 158 km/h.

By Sunday morning, St. John's had seen 18 cm of snow, Deer Lake had seen 24, and Gander had seen a whopping 27 cm.

Now, most parts of Atlantic Canada are bracing for another shot of snow.

“A system that moved through Ontario on Sunday will bring up to 10 cm of snow to parts of the Maritimes and Newfoundland through Tuesday,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Drivers are urged to exercise caution on the roads as conditions can deteriorate rapidly.

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