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Wintery weekend for Atlantic Canada

I don't mind the cold and snow ...
I don't mind the cold and snow ...

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

February 19, 2011 — Parts of New Brunswick got hit with more than 20 cm of snow Saturday. Now, the storm is moving into Newfoundland.

A wintery day in Ingonish, Nova Scotia
A wintery day in Ingonish, Nova Scotia

It's not over yet.

A low pressure system arrived in the Maritimes on Friday, packing heavy snow for parts of New Brunswick and proving that winter isn't ready to release the region from its icy grip yet.

Schools were closed in Fredericton and northern New Brunswick on Friday.

Bathurst saw some of the heaviest snow, with 20 cm on the ground by Saturday morning and more expected to fall throughout the day Saturday.

Moncton, which has been battling significant snowfalls from storm after storm, was mostly spared by this latest wallop; the city received 10 mm of rain on Friday, but only a couple of centimetres of snow. That should give crews a chance to catch up on clearing streets after Monday's major dumping.

On Tuesday the city recorded 120 cm of snow on the ground. That beat the previous February record of 119 cm set back in 1992. The city's all-time snow on the ground record is 150 cm, set back in March of 1967.

Mayhew Lloy with Moncton's Public Work's Department says crews have cleared about 65 percent of the city's sidewalks, but the back-to-back storms are taking a toll on workers.

“We're in the process now of widening the streets on a full scale. We've hired some extra help to do this...It's a task that's time consuming, expensive and one that's taking a toll on the guys because everyone is getting tired,” says Lloy.

The storm will push out of the Maritimes later on Saturday.

Snowfall forecast through Monday
Snowfall forecast through Monday

The heavy snow is now tracking towards Newfoundland's Avalon and Burin peninsulas. St. John's could see up to 15 cm of snow through Sunday morning. Environment Canada is warning that strong winds are also likely with this system, which could create treacherous conditions on the roads.

Earlier this week, strong winds and heavy snow forced school closures and left several motorists stranded along the Trans-Canada Highway between Badger and Grand Falls-Windsor.

This is the latest in a series of recent storms that has residents digging out of waist-deep snow.

To stay up-to-date on weather conditions in your area, be sure to check your local forecast. You can tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

With files from Lyndsay Morrison and Andrea Stockton.

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