Storm hammers Atlantic Canada with snow, wind, rain and ice pellets; travel not advised
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 11:35 -
A nasty winter storm continues to hammer Atlantic Canada with heavy snow, ice pellets and freezing rain.
A late winter storm had schools shut down for the day across the region, while leaving hundreds of customers without power.
Flight arrivals and departures at the international airports in Moncton, N.B., and Halifax were also impacted by the storm.
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Meanwhile, a section of the Trans-Canada Highway was forced to close outside Florenceville-Bristol due to an accident involving multiple transport trucks.
Drivers are being warned to watch for icy conditions as the storm begins to wind down.
"After significant snowfall and rainfall through parts of the Maritimes, temperatures have now plunged and light snow will conintue to fall late evening, into the overnight," says Weather Network Meteorologist Monica Vaswani. " Newfoundland continues to be in the thick of the storm – heavy rainfall is expected in the southern areas of the province, but with temperatures expected to drop through the overnight, they may end with mixed precipitation before the system moves out Friday morning."
New Brunswick was in line to see the heaviest amounts of snowfall Thursday. As of 10 p.m. ADT, Gagetown recorded 45 cm, while Bathurst followed closely at 44 cm.
Environment Canada also issued widespread flash freeze warnings across the Maritimes as temperatures were expected to rapidly plunge throughout the day.
"Water covered surfaces such as roadways and sidewalks may quickly become ice covered," warned Environment Canada in a weather statement. "The system has continued to move into Newfoundland and will bring a messy mix there as well," Vaswani says. "Heavy rain is expected in the south and in the Avalon, with snow and freezing rain to the north."
High rainfall amounts across the province are raising concern over possible localized flooding.
RCMP in Port aux Basques, along the island's west coast, are asking drivers to avoid heading out in the storm because of deteriorating road conditions.
According to Vaswani, conditions will improve through the day Friday, but colder temperatures are forecast.
Nathan Coleman was reporting live from Moncton, New Brunswick where he says roads turned into a slip n' slides Thursday:
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With files from The Canadian Press