Another snow storm shuts down schools in Atlantic Canada
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 9:30 AM -
Another day, another snowstorm.
That's the general feeling among most Atlantic Canadians this winter.
Many schools in the Maritimes were cancelled early Wednesday as heavy, blowing snow pushed into the region.
Slick and snow covered roads also resulted in a difficult morning commute for drivers with blizzard-like conditions being reported in some places.
Police officials were urging drivers to slow down and advising people to avoid any unnecessary travel.
Provincial govt road reports say roads snow covered or partly covered across PEI. Here's Bonshaw a few mins ago pic.twitter.com/5WP7ViHggQ— The Guardian (@PEIGuardian) February 19, 2014
Heavier snow was reported across Prince Edward Island Wednesday morning, with close to 19 cm recorded in Charlottetown by 8 am, local time. 8 cm fell in just one hour alone.
That prompted Environment Canada to issue a snowfall warning for parts of the province, warning of up 25 cm of snow by the time all is said and done.
By 11 am, nearly 30 cm had fallen.
The active pattern continues Thursday into Friday, bringing more messy weather and heavy snow to the Maritimes.
Between 5-15 cm of snow is expected in Newfoundland Wednesday with the highest amounts expected in the south and east.
On Thursday, a second and more powerful system will impact the province once again.
A winter storm watch has been issued for some places, including the city of St. John's.
"This system is expected to bring strengthening winds, snow, freezing rain, or rain to the island throughout the day on Thursday," says Environment Canada in their statement. "Precipitation will begin as snow in the southwest early Thursday morning and will spread across most of the island by afternoon."
According to EC, the Burin Peninsula and the northern half of the Avalon Peninsula should get minimal snowfall, but are likely to see a significant period of freezing rain before changing over to rain later in the day.
"For the remainder of the regions under the winter storm watch, snow at times heavy, blowing snow, and strong northeasterly winds can be expected with snowfall accumulations likely exceeding 15 centimetres in many areas before tapering off Thursday night."
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