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Storm brings heavy snow to parts of Maritimes


A broken power line pole in Moncton, N.B. Select the image to view more photos from the storm
A broken power line pole in Moncton, N.B. Select the image to view more photos from the storm

Matt Casey, staff writer

January 4, 2011 — It was another stormy start to the week for Maritimers.

Heavy snow fell in eastern New Brunswick.
Heavy snow fell in eastern New Brunswick.

It seems like a recurring pattern in the Maritimes. Yet another week started off with another storm. Although this system wasn't as severe as others in previous weeks, some areas still received heavy snowfall.

Moncton, New Brunswick was blanketed with about 20 cm, while just a little further east Bouctouche saw about 23 cm. Some notable accumulations also fell in northeastern sections of the province. Miscou Island off of the Acadian Peninsula picked up about 20 cm. Bas Caraquet, just a little further inland, received 16 cm.

The heavy snow made for some tricky driving conditions in and around Moncton and various parts of the province. A pregnant mother on her way to a hospital to deliver her baby ended up doing so on the side of a snow covered highway. Paramedics arrived a short time after the delivery and both mother and newborn were taken safely to hospital.

A snow shovel was a good thing to have in the Maritimes yesterday.
A snow shovel was a good thing to have in the Maritimes yesterday.

The system has now cleared out of the Maritimes and is moving through Newfoundland. St. John's should see mainly a rain event with some mixing in the evening hours Tuesday.

With this winter really pounding the Maritimes many people might be wondering how long this storm after storm pattern will keep up.

On February 2, Groundhog Day, New Brunswick will have a new weather prognosticator to weigh in on the forecast. Canadian Forces Base Gagetown has a new groundhog who will give his first winter outlook this year.

With files from Beverley Ann D'Cruz

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