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Nor'Easter slams into Atlantic Canada


Whiteout conditions reported across New Brunswick. Click on the photo for a look at the messy conditions
Whiteout conditions reported across New Brunswick. Click on the photo for a look at the messy conditions

Jill Colton, staff writer

January 28, 2011 — A fierce Nor'Easter burst through the Maritimes on Thursday, bringing a substantial amount of snow to some areas. Another system is expected to result in more snow for Newfoundland over the weekend.

Record snowfall accumulations for Moncton
Record snowfall accumulations for Moncton

It was the fourth major storm in only two weeks to hit the Maritimes and it dumped a major amount of snow on places such as Moncton.

The city was hit with 28 cm, which tied a record for the most snowfall ever (1963 was the last year to see that number). Other places in the Maritimes were also pounded with snow. Greenwood, NS saw 16 cm, while 14 cm hit Charlottetown, PEI. Other regions were also inundated with freezing rain.

The storm was a challenge for both residents and emergency crews, mainly because there's a mass of heavy snow already lining the streets. “It's hard to find a place to put the snow,” says Mayhew Lloy, with Moncton Public Works. “We have to haul it away at night and the same guys that haul at night plow during the day so we are trying to get them some rest between storms.”

Reporter Shelley Steeves was caught in the thick of it and said that travel was absolutely treacherous at one point. “We are on the highway and you actually cannot see the vehicles in front of you, it's pure whiteout conditions,” she said Thursday afternoon.

Plows were pulled off of secondary roads in PEI because of the dangerous driving conditions. In Moncton, city buses were removed from streets and Acadian Lines suspended some of its inter-city bus travel.

The storm was too much for a village community centre roof in Notre-Dame, NB. It collapsed under the weight of heavy snow. No one was inside the building at the time.

Transportation woes were common as flights were delayed or cancelled at airports throughout Atlantic Canada.

Heavy snow expected through Saturday
Heavy snow expected through Saturday

The intense low then located itself over Newfoundland. Wreckhouse was lashed with peak gusts of 146 km/h on Thursday. Snow has also been falling consistently since the Nor'Easter moved over the island.

And it's not over yet. Residents should brace themselves for more of a winter wallop. “On Friday, winds will stay very strong through the Avalon,” explains Brian Owsiak a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. However, the big story is the incoming Avalon low. This new system is set to bring between 15 to 20 cm of widespread snow through Saturday.

This latest blast of winter comes on the heels of another storm that blanketed Newfoundland with snow. Meanwhile, Maritimershave 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.

For the latest info, you can sign up to receive weather updates and alerts to your cell phone.

With files from Andrea Stockton and Lyndsay Morrison.

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