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Maritimers digging out again

It's there; might as well enjoy it
It's there; might as well enjoy it

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

February 21, 2011 — It was another snowy weekend in the Maritimes, but this time it was the north that bore the brunt of the storm.

A low pressure system that swept through the region Friday and Saturday dumped 28 cm of snow on Bathurst, New Brunswick. The snow was also heavy on the other side of the Baie de Chaleur -- 31 cm of snow fell in parts of the Gaspe Peninsula.

As the system headed for Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula late on Saturday, Sydney, Nova Scotia received 12 cm of snow, as did Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Further south, only a couple of centimetres of snow fell.

It was a welcome break for winter-weary Moncton, New Brunswick. Early last week the city recorded 120 cm of snow on the ground, beating the previous February record of 119 cm set back in 1992. Mayhew Lloy with Moncton's Public Work's Department says back-to-back storms are putting strain on snow removal crews.

...It's a task that's time consuming, expensive and one that's taking a toll on the guys because everyone is getting tired, he says.

It's a good idea to clear rooftops of snow, even if it does make for interesting decor
It's a good idea to clear rooftops of snow, even if it does make for interesting decor

All the snow is putting a strain on rooftops as well. Insurance industry spokespeople say this year has seen an increase in roof collapses in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick due to heavy snow. Homeowners are advised to check with their insurance agent to see whether they're covered in the event of a snow-related collapse.

When possible, it's a good idea to clear heavy snow from rooftops, but certain safety precautions should be taken.

The good news is a messy system passing through southern Ontario should miss the Maritimes. However, light snow is expected to continue in Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island through Monday.

With files from CBC New Brunswick.

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