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More snow for the east


For many regions, this is the first significant snowfall of the season.
For many regions, this is the first significant snowfall of the season.

Jill Colton, staff writer

November 21, 2010 — A fast-moving system has swept across Canada and brought snow to several areas.

Police say roads were slippery and full of snow.
Police say roads were slippery and full of snow.

It's the kind of weather that has a lot of people zipping up winter coats and adding extra layers.

The same Alberta Clipper that hammered the Prairies rode the jet stream across the central and eastern parts of the country over the past couple of days. Some areas in northern Ontario saw a big blast of snow on Friday.

The winter conditions are not quite finished yet. The system was accompanied by a band of heavy snow and frosty temperatures as it pushed into Quebec on Saturday.

Portions of northeastern Ontario near the Quebec border were blanketed by flakes. Blowing snow was also a major factor for parts of Quebec Saturday morning as the cold front pushed east. Gusts were reported to have reached up to 70 km/h at times, which hampered driving visibility in some areas. There were also reports of snowsquall development.

Snow conditions for Sunday.
Snow conditions for Sunday.

The system then headed toward Atlantic Canada on Saturday.

“In the Clipper's wake, cold arctic air is picking up moisture off the Gulf of St. Lawrence and producing snow flurries,” says Patrick Cool, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network.

The result was a significant increase in vehicle accidents. Police say in icy road conditions caused a truck to collide with a car carrying four people in Halifax on Highway 103. Three people were taken to the hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries.

Meanwhile, in Cape Breton, police say the first heavy snowfall of the season was linked to 17 car accidents in a few short hours. It was reported that roads became very slippery and snow built up quickly.

For Sunday, it's much of the same story. “Sea effect snow showers are the result from the low that departed Saturday,” explains Brian Dillon, a meteorologist with The Weather Network. Areas like Cape Breton Island, much of P.E.I. and the Gaspe Bay Peninsula could see 5 to 10 cm of snow with higher amounts in elevated areas.

To stay up-to-date on the current weather conditions, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

With files from Lisa Varano

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