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Sea effect snow persists in Atlantic Canada


Very high snowbanks in Riverview, New Brunswick
Very high snowbanks in Riverview, New Brunswick

Matt Casey, staff writer

February 23, 2011 — More sea-effect snow showers are forecast today in Atlantic Canada.

NL snow forecast through Thursday morning
NL snow forecast through Thursday morning

The snowbanks just keep getting higher for many people in parts of the east coast, and the snow just keeps on falling.

After a weekend system brought snow to some areas, persistent sea effect snow has continued to fall since Sunday in Newfoundland, northern Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and eastern New Brunswick. Strong northerly winds are pushing bands of snow over many areas. That's adding more snow to already loaded roofs in places like Moncton, New Brunswick.

“There's a couple of low pressure systems off of the east coast of Newfoundland and the circulation around them is driving a northerly return flow over the region,” says meteorologist Dayna Vettese from The Weather Network.

Snowfall accumulations expected for the Maritimes through Thursday morning
Snowfall accumulations expected for the Maritimes through Thursday morning

Some students in P.E.I. got the day off on Tuesday as schools closed their doors because of the poor conditions. Gusty winds combined with the snowfall are creating reduced visibilities in some areas.

The sea effect snow should begin to taper off for most of the area by late Wednesday, giving way to a brief break from the snow. But another storm system could roll through Atlantic Canada Friday into Saturday.

Be sure to check with The Weather Network on TV where the national forecast comes up at :02 and :32 past each hour. You can also get all of your forecast details by checking out our Canadian Cities Index.

With files from Andrea Stockton and Lyndsay Morrison

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