40+ cm falls on Atlantic Canada, schools shut
Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 6:51 AM - Atlantic Canada's work week started with yet another winter storm, still affecting the region as Tuesday gets going.
Nova Scotia has been particularly hard-hit, with Halifax already picking up 41 cm as of 6 a.m., with still a few flakes to fall.
Blizzard warnings were still in effect for Cape Breton, but had dropped for the rest of the province, though persistent strong winds prompted blowing snow advisories for eastern New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, as well as Prince Edward Island.
Weather Network meteorologist Kevin MacKay says the storm will move out of Nova Scotia by mid-day, and Cape Breton by the evening, with winds easing through the day.
"Newfoundland will continue to see the brunt of the system this morning and into the afternoon, with strong north winds gusting 100+ km/h along the north coast and the Avalon," MacKay says.
Blizzard and winter storm warnings cover much of the island.
The storm has caused major disruption to travel and services across the region.
All schools are shut in P.E.I. and Nova Scotia, and most in New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Airports in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia have been particularly hard-hit, and some ferry crossings have been cancelled, though the Confederation Bridge remains open.
Once it all clears out, Atlantic Canada won't be quite done with winter systems this week.
"The second small system will move in overnight into Wednesday, bringing an additional 5 cm to the interior regions of Newfoundland, while the Avalon has a chance fo seeing some accumulating freezing rain," MacKay says.
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