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Light snow blankets Atlantic Canada


Snow slows traffic in Moncton, New Brunswick
Snow slows traffic in Moncton, New Brunswick

Matt Casey, staff writer

March 3, 2011 — Another day, another round of snow for parts of the Maritimes. Wednesday's accumulations will be on the lower end of the scale however.

Snowfall totals expected through Friday
Snowfall totals expected through Friday

With all the snow Atlantic Canadians have seen this year, Wednesday's round of active weather felt like nothing more than a light dusting.

A front brought about 5 cm of snow to parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Now, the same system is bringing a fresh blanket of snow to parts of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The work week started out with a heavier round of snowfall, thanks to a Colorado Low that quickly swept across the region on Monday. Work crews in Moncton were still struggling to clear roadways from a storm that dumped over 20 cm last Friday. According to a spokesperson for the city, snow removal crews had a difficult time clearing Friday's helping of snow. Officials say traffic from people leaving work early because of the weather plus a rapid drop in temperatures that made road salt ineffective made it almost impossible for snowplows to clear the roads to bare pavement.

This time around, the city saw around 13 cm of fresh snow. While that's not as much as the city has received in past storms this winter, it is still enough to add even more height to the already high snowbanks.

Heavy snow also fell in northern New Brunswick. Bathurst, saw around 20 cm of snow. Some regions also saw rainfall. Saint John picked up about 10 cm of snow along with 9 mm of rain.

In Prince Edward Island, people in Charlottetown had to dig out from 21 cm. At the height of the storm, strong winds across the Northumberland Strait forced officials to impose traffic restrictions along the Confederation Bridge. Those restrictions have since been lifted.

In Nova Scotia, the storm brought rainy conditions to many areas. Yarmouth received around 16 mm of rain while Halifax saw close to 10 mm along with 6 cm of snow. Monday's rainfall prompted emergency measures officials to issue flood warnings for some regions.

The storm continued to rolling track into Newfoundland and Labrador, bringing with it strong winds, rain and snow.

Keep up to date on weather conditions in your area by checking out our Canadian cities index.

With files from Lyndsay Morrison

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