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Storm triggers school closures, flight delays in Atlantic Canada


Expect more snow in parts of the Maritimes and Newfoundland today. Click the image for a look at the conditions across the region.
Expect more snow in parts of the Maritimes and Newfoundland today. Click the image for a look at the conditions across the region.

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

January 27, 2011 — Yet another storm system is bringing snow, rain, freezing rain and gusty winds to Atlantic Canada.

Snowfall accumulations expected in the Maritimes
Snowfall accumulations expected in the Maritimes

If you live in Atlantic Canada, and you bought a snowblower this year, you can consider it a good investment.

Another storm system is blowing across the region, bringing heavy snow to some, rain to others and a messy mix in between.

“The heaviest amounts of snow look to fall in western PEI, Cape Breton and along the Fundy shores,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Places like Saint John, Moncton, and Charlottetown could see anywhere from 25 - 35 cm.”

Halifax is also set to take a hit from this storm, but the precipitation won't just be snow.

“We're looking at a potential mix of snow, rain and freezing rain for southern Nova Scotia,” says Vettese. “As a result, the snowfall accumulations are expected to be much lower.”

Schools have been closed for the day in and around Saint John and Charlotte County, as well as Halifax, the South Shore and the Annapolis Valley. Flights have been cancelled or delayed going in and out of the Halifax and Moncton International airports.

Predicted snowfall for Newfoundland
Predicted snowfall for Newfoundland

Still, people in the Maritimes aren't the only ones who should be anticipating some active weather. This storm system will also sweep over Newfoundland.

“Up to 25 cm of snow is possible around Gander, Corner Brook and Port aux Basques. 5 - 10 cm is expected on the Avalon Peninsula,” adds Vettese. “The winds are going to be very strong with this system, as well.”

In parts of the province, schools will be closing early this afternoon.

This latest blast of winter comes on the heels of another storm that blanketed Newfoundland with snow. Meanwhile, Maritimers have been trying to cope with frigid, below-seasonal temperatures.

For more details on what you can expect with this system, 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.

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