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Snowy system moves into Newfoundland

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

January 20, 2011 — It's Newfoundland's turn to cope with a messy system that swept across eastern Canada this week, bringing snow and rain to Ontario and the Maritimes.

Snowfall forecast through Thursday for Newfoundland
Snowfall forecast through Thursday for Newfoundland

A storm system that brought a messy mix of snow and rain to Ontario and the Maritimes this week has made its way to Newfoundland.

The northwest portion of the province will bear the brunt of the storm, said Brian Dillon, a meteorologist for The Weather Network.

“We could see up to 35 cm of snow along the northern shores in the higher elevations,” he said.

A mix of snow and rain is forecast for other parts of the province, including St. John's.

The system is expected to linger through Thursday.

The storm has already wrought havoc in eastern Canada. On Wednesday, winter-weary Maritimers coped with another day of tough driving conditions and school closures.

Some communities in New Brunswick received a combination of heavy snow and freezing rain which left roads and sidewalks covered in ice. As a result, classes were cancelled this morning in places like Fredericton, Oromocto, Moncton and Kent County.

In Moncton, the combination of snow and rain turned the streets into a slushy mess, making it hard for drivers and pedestrians alike to get around.

Patrick Cool, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, said a cold front associated with the system turned the rain into snow and caused winds to pick up Wednesday evening.

“We're expecting up to 10 cm of snow for the Moncton region ... and it's going to be blowing around as well,” he said.

In southern New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, the story was mainly rain. Schools remained open in Halifax, the Annapolis Valley and Kings County Wednesday morning, but buses were only operating on paved roads.

20 mm of rain had fallen in Halifax by mid-afternoon, and more was forecast for Wednesday night.

Snowy and slushy conditions in Moncton
Snowy and slushy conditions in Moncton

In P.E.I., after-school activities were cancelled for students in the western half of the province due to the snow forecast, which included up to 5 cm for Summerside.

Although the worst of this system will be over soon, Atlantic Canadians shouldn't put away their shovels and sidewalk salt just yet - a weather bomb is moving in for Friday and Saturday and could deliver upwards of 30 cm of snow.

For the latest details on what you can expect for the rest of the week, be sure to tune in to The Weather Network on TV. The National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour. Your local forecast details can be found with the Canadian Cities Index.

For the latest storm details, you can sign up to receive weather reports, watches and warnings to your cell phone.

With files from Lyndsay Morrison and Matt Casey

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