Winter storm brings heavy snow to Atlantic Canada
Thursday, February 6, 2014, 7:31 PM -
After pummeling southern Ontario, a fast-moving storm pushed into Atlantic Canada Wednesday bringing heavy snow, white-out conditions and blustery winds.
Widespread warnings were issued in the southern Maritimes and Newfoundland as the Texas low made its way across the region en route from the U.S. eastern seaboard.
The bulk of the snow had moved out of the region by mid-morning, but not before causing school closures and traffic delays.
Cleanup was underway in Nova Scotia Thursday morning after being slammed the hardest by the system.
Snowfall totals topped 25 cm in Yarmouth, followed closely by Antigonish at 22 cm. Halifax Airport picked up about 13 cm.
"Snow began in the Maritimes late morning Wednesday and amped up though the afternoon and evening. Parts of of the region saw just over 25 cm, along with drifting and blowing snow," says Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani.
Conditions were made worse by the wind gusts which at times clocked in at more than 50 km/h.
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"Snow moved into Newfoundland late Wednesday and continued through Thursday morning. Significant snowfall was seen through the Avalaon where St. John's reported 30 cm of snow," Vaswani says.
Parts of Atlantic Canada have been chilly as well, feeling like -35 or colder with the windchill.