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Maritimers dig out, more snow and powerful winds cause travel problems in Newfoundland

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Monday, February 17, 2014, 10:07 AM -

Atlantic Canadians are digging out...again.

Winter storms have been relentless across the region and this past weekend was no exception.

The storm blanketed New Brunswick and Newfoundland with heavy snow, while both Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island saw a mix of rain, freezing rain and snow.

The dangerous conditions resulted in numerous accidents throughout the weekend, including a five car pileup on the P.E.I side of the Confederation Bridge on Sunday

Luckily, no serious injuries were reported.

"Everyone escaped with minor injuries and no one left the scene in an ambulance," said The Weather Network's Nathan Coleman who was on the scene Sunday. "The bridge was shut down and remains closed until weather conditions improve. Tow trucks weren't able to make it to the scene so the vehicles were left in a lot next to the toll plaza."

The Confederation Bridge has since been reopened.

Officials are warning those with air travel plans to check the status of their flight ahead of time as more delays and cancellations were reported at Halifax's airport early Monday.

Several customers also remain without power, but crews expect to have everyone reconnected Monday.

This latest blast comes after a late week storm that dumped up to 40 cm of snow on some places Valentine's Day

That brought the combined snow totals from the two storms to over 70 cm in parts of northern New Brunswick.

MORE SNOW IN NEWFOUNDLAND

As Maritimers continue to clean up from the storms, more snow and powerful winds are forecast across Newfoundland on Monday.

Winter storm, blizzard and wind warnings remained in place early Monday with an additional 10 cm of snow possible through the day.

"Winds will gradually ease on Monday, however northwesterlies gusting to 110 km/h are expected to develop along parts of the northeast coast Monday evening," says EC in the statement. "A combination of large swells and strengthening southerlies will continue to generate large waves and pounding surf along portions of the south coast. This may result in localized damage to vulnerable coastal infrastructure, especially during high tides Monday morning."

The Mounties in Port aux Basques, on Newfoundland's west coast, issued a news release late Sunday warning drivers to stay off ice-covered roads because of zero visibility.

Most flights at St. John's International Airport were also cancelled Monday morning and Marine Atlantic cancelled some of its ferry crossings because of poor conditions.

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