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Parts of Atlantic Canada face wet start to work week


A weak low will bring rain to Nova Scotia overnight on Sunday
A weak low will bring rain to Nova Scotia overnight on Sunday

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

March 14, 2011 — Between rain and snow, it was a wet and wintery start to the work week in some parts of Atlantic Canada.

Snowfall totals as of 6 pm, local time
Snowfall totals as of 6 pm, local time

Much of Atlantic Canada enjoyed a break from near-constant precipitation Sunday. That's good news for officials keeping an eye on the region's rivers as spring's mild temperatures begin to go to work on the snow and ice cover.

But the break didn't last long; a weak low that developed off the coast of Nova Scotia intensified Sunday night, bringing rain to southern Nova Scotia and snow to Cape Breton into the evening and overnight hours. Parts of the province could see 5 to 10 cm of snow before the storm is through.

By Monday afternoon, the fast-tracking low moved out of the Maritimes and into Newfoundland, where heavy snow as been piling up. As of 6 pm, local time, over 15 cm of snow had already accumulated in St. John's

Some schools in the St. John's area closed their doors on Monday with the threat of poor and deteriorating road conditions.

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With files from Andrea Stockton

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