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Winter storm wallops Atlantic Canada


Heavy snow piles up in Prince Edward Island
Heavy snow piles up in Prince Edward Island

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

December 29, 2010 — A mix of rain, heavy snow and storm surge has caused more damage across Atlantic Canada this week. Residents continue to pick up the pieces after several recent storms.

Snowfall totals recorded over the past couple of days
Snowfall totals recorded over the past couple of days

Winter is certainly settling into Atlantic Canada as a series of storms continue to hit to the region. Week after week, both rain and snowfall totals have been adding up, along with the millions of dollars in property damage.

The most recent Nor'Easter began to affect the area on Boxing Day, causing treacherous road conditions and delays in holiday travel. All three Maritime provinces have been dealing with blizzard warnings, heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge over the last few days.

New Brunswick was hit the hardest with heavy snow and gusty winds. Roads in the area are still slick and snow covered after over 40 cm of snow piled up in parts of the province. Thousands of residents were also left in the dark as the powerful storm helped to pull down power lines.

“Due to the sheer number of incidents and separate incidents through the province and the volume of outages, it's challenging for our crews to get everybody restored,” says Meghan Gerrish with New Brunswick Power. “There's a lot of travel between check points for patrolling the lines and it's not just a matter of flicking a switch and turning everybody back on. They have to do a lot of safety checks and patrolling the lines to make sure everything is clear and safe for our customers.”

Gerrish adds that crews hope to have everyone back online by the end of the day on Wednesday.

Rivers burst their banks across Newfoundland
Rivers burst their banks across Newfoundland

The low pressure system is moving out of the Maritimes, but heavy snow is still threatening the Labrador coast. As much as 40 cm could fall by Thursday evening as the low stalls over the area.

Storm surge has also been causing damage along the northern peninsula for the past several days. Pounding waves forced the evacuation of nearly 15 families in coastal communities at the height of the storm.

The same storm dropped over 50 cm of snow across New York City this week, putting a severe hamper on holiday travel across the eastern U.S. Airports have since reopened, but officials say it could still be days before things are back to normal and fully up and running.

To stay up-to-date on the weather in your area, be sure to check our Canadian Cities Index before heading out. You can also learn more at the Active Weather Centre to ensure you're prepared for when severe weather hits.

With files from Lisa Varano

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