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Close to 20 cm of snow was recorded in parts of the Maritimes early Wednesday and there are more storms on tap this week.

More messy weather moves into Atlantic Canada

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 6:10 PM -

The active weather pattern that shut down schools and caused power outages on Wednesday continues through to Friday, bringing more messy weather and heavy snow.

Up to 25 mm of freezing rain is in the forecast for parts of Nova Scotia between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, coupled with heavy snowfall and wind gusts up to 90 km/h.

Forecasters are still unsure of the track of the system, and that can affect what type of precipitation will fall in any given community.

EC is, however, warning residents to prepare for extended periods of freezing rain.

While New Brunswick is under a special weather statement the province will miss the bulk of the storm, with 10-15 cm of snow forecast through Thursday.

More snow is expected to fall in PEI, which is under a snowfall warning.

Total snowfall amounts could be up to 20 cm in the province, especially in the Queens and Kings counties.

Meanwhile, the whole gamut of statements have been issued for Newfoundland, including winter storm, snowfall, freezing rain and blowing snow warnings.

"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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