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PHOTOS: Atlantic Canada pummelled by biggest snowstorm of the year

Thursday, December 9th 2021, 8:56 am - A powerful system brought widespread heavy snow and strong winds to Atlantic Canada Thursday, with some effects continuing into Friday. Here’s a look at the storm so far through your photos and videos.

Shovels and snowblowers were out in force across parts of Atlantic Canada Thursday as a snowstorm — the most significant one of the year — slammed the region, with effects set to continue in Newfoundland through Friday.

The storm began blanketing Nova Scotia overnight prompting schools to close across the entire province, CBC News reported. Many daycares, government offices and businesses also closed or experienced delayed openings.

RELATED: Be aware of your heart while shovelling heavy snow

In Halifax, two separate water main breaks shut down traffic and disrupted water service to Halifax Water customers along Herring Cove Road in Spryfield and McFatridge Road in Fairview Thursday morning.

While at the scene in Spryfield, The Weather Network's Nathan Coleman reported that a Halifax Water truck had fallen into a sinkhole that had developed as a result of the break.

Fortunately, the driver was not hurt, Coleman confirmed.

Though southern and central New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island will see some snow amounts from this system, Nova Scotia has largely born the brunt, with up to 30 cm (locally higher) possible by the time all is said and done. Parts of Newfoundland may also experience potentially damaging wind gusts Thursday evening into Friday morning.

Below is a look at the impacts (so far):

Nathan Coleman: Halifax snowstorm, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 Snowfall in Halifax, Dec. 9, 2021. (Nathan Coleman/The Weather Network)

Nathan Coleman: Water main break on Herring Cove Rd., in Halifax, caused a sinkhole to emerge during winter storm. - Dec. 9, 2022 Water main break on Herring Cove Road in Halifax caused a sinkhole to emerge during the storm. (Nathan Coleman/The Weather Network)

Nathan Coleman: Woman seen shovelling snow in Halifax Thursday morning on Dec. 9, 2021. The shovels were out in Halifax Thursday morning. (Nathan Coleman/The Weather Network)

Nathan Coleman: Man seen shovelling heavy snow in Halifax after significant snowstorm on Dec. 9, 2021 Residents are reminded to be aware of their heart when shovelling and to take frequent breaks. (Nathan Coleman/The Weather Network)

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