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States of emergency are in place from P.E.I to New Brunswick.

By the numbers: The east coast's snowpocalypse


Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 2:23 PM - It wasn't just the storm. It was ALL the storms.

Atlantic Canada famously has difficult winters, but this past week alone has been a parade of strong storms that have dropped more than 100 cm of snow on several cities.

That means widespread travel chaos, school and government closures, and futile efforts by citizens to keep on top of the shovelling.

Here's a peak at the astonishing numbers behind Atlantic Canada's week-long ice age.

128 cm: The amount of snow Saint John got in a week

The City of Saint John declared a state of local emergency for the southern peninsula late Monday night, when this last storm was at its peak.

The point was to get as many vehicles off the road as possible to make it easier by plows and emergency vehicles, simply because the city was so thoroughly snowed under after a week of snow, such that 128 cm had fallen over that time span.

Also a respectable entrant into the "100-plus in a week" club: Charlottetown, which by Tuesday morning was smothered beneath 115 cm of snow after a week of storms.

Actually, about Charlottetown....

65 cm: The amount this last, single storm dumped on Charlottetown

Basically, another couple of hours of this, and the the storm have accounted for half of the city's entire weekly total.

The island was all but shut down for some time, with all schools closed and major road hassles that nearly buried numerous roads and highways. In fact, the 65 cm snowfall buried the city's entire February snowfall average of 58 cm.

Moncton, as you can see, wasn't too shabby either, at 45 cm over the course of this storm, prompting comparisons by residents to the 1992 blizzard that slammed the city. Alas, there's still a bit to go before Moncton surpasses its monthly average of 78 cm.

Those strong winds listed on the map as well would have made things even worse for Maritime travellers, whipping the snow around and driving down visibility. But believe it or not, that gust of 107 km/h isn't even the strongest recorded in Atlantic Canada from this storm. For the wind winner, you need to hop over to Newfoundland.

127 km/h: Top wind speed recorded in Newfoundland

Astounding 127 km/h gusts were noted on the island's southwest Wreckhouse corner. Not remotely the strongest gust ever recorded in that famously windy spot, but it's a good indicator of what the rest of the island faced.

Winds of more than 80 km/h were the norm across the island, including in the capital St. John's, making for tough driving conditions and almost certainly some property damage.

It also would have made for strong wind chills for anyone unfortunate enough to be outside with exposed skin for large periods of time, but even without the wind chill, plummeting temperatures made for their own problems back in the Maritimes.

24 minutes: The amount of time it took for Port Hawkesbury, N.S., to drop nine degrees

As the storm passed, its cold front brought a drastic temperature drop behind it.

As you can see, other communities saw similar drops, if not quite so drastically.

In areas of eastern Nova Scotia that were likely to have seen rain or a rain-snow mix as part of this system, it may have manifested as freezing rain. Environment Canada issued flash freeze warnings for areas east of Halifax, as well as parts of Newfoundland.

And it's not over yet....

Astonishingly, the weather gods aren't done with Canada's east coast yet, according to Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon.

"Another low is developing to affect the region on Thursday to Friday, with more snow, cold and windy conditions," Dillon says. "At the moment, forecasted snowfall totals could range between 30-50 cm through the Maritimes from Thursday morning to Friday evening."

Forecasters are nailing down the details of this new system, so check back often this week for more details.

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