Power outages, travel delays as winter continues to hold the upper hand in Atlantic Canada
Monday, March 31, 2014, 5:26 PM -
An ice storm is wreaking havoc on Atlantic Canada, complicating clean up efforts on an area in the midst of trying to get back to normal after last week's Nor'easter.
Although not as powerful as the one that slammed the area last week, officials say this slow moving system is a very large one.
Widespread warnings have been issued across the Atlantic provinces with snowfall, blizzard and freezing rain warnings in place.
Several communities have seen prolonged periods of freezing rain including Sydney, N.S. and Moncton, N.B.
"Messy, sloppy, icy roads," tweeted The Weather Network's Suzanne Leonard who is in Moncton, N.B.
Thousands of customers lost power through the overnight hours on Sunday and into Monday, including 25,000 in New Brunswick alone with the majority in Bouctouche and Shediac. Nova Scotia Power also reported outages affecting more than 9,000 customers caused by high winds and freezing rain.
The storm has resulted in more travel delays and flight cancellations and RCMP are warning drivers to be cautious of slick roads covered in slush, ice and water.
For several students it's almost like a second March Break with the back to back storms closing schools for several days in a row.
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Over 30 cm of snow had fallen in parts of the Maritimes by 10 am on Monday, challenging crews to stay on top of the snow removal. The slow moving storm is expected to bring an additional 15-25 cm of snow to some places through Tuesday.
"The precipitation associated with this system will continue as rain over central and western regions of Nova Scotia today," said Environment Canada in the warning early Monday. "A further 30 mm is forecast."
Freezing rain is expected to persist over eastern Cape Breton and the rain will change to freezing rain over northern Nova Scotia through the afternoon hours.
Freezing rain is also expected to persist over Prince Edward Island on Monday with a change to snow likely through the evening and overnight hours.
"The snow will be accompanied by strong northeast winds giving poor visibility in blowing snow," warns EC.
Heavy, blowing snow will continue over northeastern New Brunswick with a mixture of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain over most central regions.
"Due to the slow movement of this system, all precipitation forms will give significant accumulations over their respective regions," EC adds.
The heaviest snowfall amounts are forecast in Newfoundland with up to 50 cm possible by the time all is said and done.
Snow, blowing snow, ice pellets and freezing rain are expected in the province Monday and Tuesday.
A winter storm warning covers parts of the province including the city of St. John's.
The system is expected to impact Atlantic Canada through Wednesday and we encourage you to check back for regular updates on this large, slow moving storm.