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Snow turns to rain in Maritimes


Staff writers

January 14, 2012 — Friday was a challenging day for commuters across the Maritimes with snow and freezing rain.

Snowfall totals on Thursday
Snowfall totals on Thursday

Parts of Ontario began feeling the affects of this storm Thursday morning as rain and freezing rain caused problems for the morning commute. Some areas in southern Quebec saw up to 25 cm of snow and for people in Atlantic Canada, it's been a messy mix of everything.

The snow moved into the Maritimes Thursday afternoon and started causing problems right away.

“The afternoon commute home from work was treacherous,” says The Weather Network's Shelley Steeves. “Roads were snowpacked and slippery and we had many reports of cars off the roads and many accidents.”

Winds picked up into the evening hours leading to blowing and drifting snow and reducing visibility to near zero at times.

By the time all was said and done, Moncton saw 18 cm of snow, Saint John saw 17, while Halifax, Nova Scotia saw about 12 cm.

Nove Scotia Power reported hundreds of customers without power on Friday. Several school districts in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick cancelled classes for the day as well because of poor road conditions.

Flight delays and cancellations were also reported Friday morning at the Moncton, Saint John and Halifax airports after the overnight snowfall accumulation.

Snow forecast through Friday
Snow forecast through Friday

While this may not seem like a big storm by Maritime standards, it's certainly a change from recent conditions.

“Basically this is the first significant storm of this calendar year,” says Steeves. “Also, we've had such a mild winter with a lack of snow so far this year, so this is a big change from the weather we've had of late. A return to the old fashion winter weather.”

Temperatures rose significantly on Friday throughout the Maritimes, turning the bulk of the precipitation into rain.

“There will be a bit of a cold wrap around later Friday night however, so some places could get a little bit more snow as the system exits,” explains Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Environment Canada issued several wind warnings on Friday night for Nova Scotia and P.E.I. Strong winds gusted up to 100 km/h overnight. “It felt like the roof was being ripped off last night in Halifax,“ said one Facebook user. The winds died down by Saturday morning.

Make sure to check out the Alerts section of our website for the latest weather alerts in your area.

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