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Atlantic Canada digs out on first weekend of 2014

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Saturday, January 4, 2014, 4:00 PM -


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With blizzard warnings briefly still in effect in Newfoundland Saturday morning, Atlantic Canada is grappling with yet another messy weekend.

After dumping snow on the Maritimes, the system's strong winds brought blizzard-like conditions to Newfoundland overnight, helping to spark widespread power outages.

NL Hydro reported a fire at a station in Sunnyside was the source of many of the outages on the island Saturday, and was working to restore power.

Although Environment Canada says the conditions will let up somewhat later Saturday, blowing snow will continue to be a problam across many parts of the province.

That's due to the very strong winds, gusting 120 km/h or more in some areas, including the Avalon Peninsula, that are expected to remain stuff through the day.

Those winds will combine with cold temperatures to produce wind chill values of -35 on the Northern and Baie Verte Peninsulas.

Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro was warning its customers to try conserve energy, and was reporting new outages likely due to the severe weather.

St. John's already saw around 38 cm of snow overnight into Saturday morning, along with stiff winds.

Authorities were warning residents to stock up on emergency supplies as the day wears on.

In the Maritimes, meantime, residents were preparing to dig out from the storms of the past week.

Nova Scotia was the hardest hit, with flights being cancelled and authorities warning people to stay off the roads, although New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island also suffered.
And if the winter keeps on like this, it could be a problem for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, whose mayor, Cecil Clarke, says the city has already spent half of its snow removal budget already, with three months of winter left to go.

In New Brunswick this weekend, wind chill warnings are in effect for northern and eastern New Brunswick, with temperatures feeling near -30, with a gradual warming trend expected Saturday night and Sunday.

Environment Canada is also warning of mixed precipitation on Monday.

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