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Messy system slides across Atlantic Canada

Schools have been closed and buses have been cancelled in parts of NB
Schools have been closed and buses have been cancelled in parts of NB

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

January 19, 2011 — Another day, another round of active weather in Atlantic Canada. The region is getting hit with rain, freezing rain and heavy snow.

Snowfall forecast through Thursday for Newfoundland
Snowfall forecast through Thursday for Newfoundland

It's the type of weather that can make for extremely dangerous driving conditions.

In New Brunswick, a low pressure system has been bringing a combination of heavy snow and freezing rain to some communities, leaving roads and sidewalks covered in ice. As a result, classes were cancelled this morning in places like Fredericton, Oromocto, Moncton and Kent County.

In Nova Scotia, the story has mainly been rain, but driving conditions have also been slick at times. Schools remained open in Halifax, the Annapolis Valley and Kings County this morning, but buses were only operating on paved roads.

The stormy weather is expected to continue throughout the day.

“If you're in Moncton, New Brunswick, you could see another 5 - 8 cm of snow with this system,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “By the time all is said and done, parts of Nova Scotia will have seen 25 - 35 mm of rain.”

Snowy and slushy conditions in Moncton
Snowy and slushy conditions in Moncton

The storm system is also bringing active weather to Newfoundland.

“We could see up to 35 cm of snow along the northern shores in the higher elevations,” says Dillon. “A messy mix of snow and rain is forecast for other parts of the province.”

For the latest details on what you can expect with this system, be sure to tune in to The Weather Network on TV. The National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour. Your local forecast details can be found with the Canadian Cities Index.

For the latest storm details, you can sign up to receive weather reports, watches and warnings to your cell phone.

With files from Alexandra Pope and Matt Casey

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