Freezing rain, ice pellets and snow blasts the Maritimes, knocking out power and cancelling flights
Sunday, December 22, 2013, 4:38 PM -
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After lashing Ontario and Quebec through the overnight, it was Atlantic Canada who was bearing the brunt of the ice storm on Sunday.
Weather conditions forced flight cancellations in Fredericton, Halifax, Saint John and St. John's, with freezing rain, snow, or a dangerous mix being expected for a good chunk of the region.
Icy road conditions were widespread throughout southern New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Ice pellets and freezing rain are expected to continue through the overnight across most of Nova Scotia, with the worst-hit areas being the Annapolis Valley and central Nova Scotia.
Up to 40 mm of freezing rain could fall in those areas by Monday, and 40 mm of non-freezing rain in southwestern Nova Scotia.
In New Brunswick, up to 15 cm of snow, as well as ice pellets, is expected for the north, but freezing rain is likely in much of the south, in an area that includes the province's three major cities.
The worst potential for freezing rain will be north of the Fundy Shore in New Brunswick, where 40 mm could fall by Monday morning. NB Power was reporting almost 4,000 customers without electricity early Sunday morning, mostly in the St. Stephen area.
In Prince Edward Island, up to 15 cm of snow could fall from this system.
Southern Newfoundland will likely also see some amounts.
“Parts of eastern Canada have been inundated with icy and wintry conditions this weekend, however Newfoundland remains mainly unscathed until Tuesday," says Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani. "Until this time, southern areas of the province will see some light snow, however amounts are not expected to exceed 10 cm."
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In the meantime, road conditions will continue to deteriorate across the Maritimes for at least the next 24 hours. Officials are warning residents to stay off the roads if possible.
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