Powerful storm and damaging winds knock out power to thousands in Atlantic Canada
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 8:16 AM -
Strong winds, heavy rain, snow and blowing snow.
A powerful low pressure system that pushed through Atlantic Canada this week left thousands without power and resulted in huge traffic problems.
The precipitation started as rain for many places, with upwards of 60 mm recorded.
By the early morning hours on Wednesday cooler air and strong winds lead to a transition from rain to wet snow.
Between 5-15 cm of snow was reported across the Maritimes, causing several traffic delays and school closures across the region Wednesday.
Crews have also been working overtime to restore power to thousands of customers affected.
Close to 3,000 homes and businesses were still without power in Nova Scotia early Thursday, mainly in Port Hawkesbury and central Cape Breton.
Many residents in PEI were also without power as the storm blew through.
"The winds were so strong that they caused a truck to flip over on the Canso Causeway," Environment Canada said in a statement.
Gusts over 115 km/h were recorded across the Maritimes, with parts of Newfoundland seeing gusts over 120 km/h.
"Strong winds will continue in Newfoundland Thursday, with gusts up to 100 km/h expected," says Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon. "Some places will also continue to see rain through Thursday night and Friday."
A special weather statement was issued for parts of New Brunswick on Thursday morning with the chance for snow and freezing rain as well.
A warm front extending from a low pressure system over Ontario will sweep across the province Thursday.
"Periods of snow will begin over northwestern regions near noon then spread eastward," EC says. "The snow will change to ice pellets then to freezing rain before it changes to rain this evening."
The freezing rain is not expected to be significant in duration or intensity, but could still cause slick conditions on the roads.