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Over 8,000 Nova Scotia Power customers woke in the dark on Sunday following an evening of heavy snowfall.

Thousands in the dark after heavy snow blasts Nova Scotia

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Sunday, January 19, 2014, 4:48 PM -

Over 8,000 Nova Scotia Power customers woke up in the dark on Sunday following a heavy snowfall this weekend

That number was an improvement from the 14,000 who lost power at the height of the storm Saturday night.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Nova Scotia Power spokeswoman Neera Ritcey said line and tree trimming crews are working to restore power, with most restorations times set for Sunday evening. 

A snowfall warning was issued for several communities, including Halifax, on Saturday.

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"A low pressure system skirted the coast Saturday evening, bringing peak wind gusts of up to 55 km/h to Nova Scotia,” explained Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon. "Temperatures were slightly lower through the evening hours, causing rain to switch quickly over to snow. With this quick changeover to heavy snow, some parts of the island had between 20 and 30 cm of snow, with Halifax getting 24 cm and Sydney 29 cm.” 

Dillon says parts of the Maritimes can expect an additional two to five centimetres by Tuesday, before the next major system approaches later in the week. 

"There is a low that will be developing stateside on Tuesday along the Carolina Coast -- that looks to be the next weather maker for Atlantic Canada."

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With files from the Canadian Press

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