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East Coasters brace for a major cleanup effort as one of the worst storms of the year batters the region.

Travel chaos and power outages as powerful storm lashes Atlantic Canada

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Sunday, February 16, 2014, 9:05 PM -

Winter has been anything but kind to Atlantic Canada, with the latest storm contributing to power outages, a pileup and the closure of the Confederation Bridge

The massive and powerful storm buried New Brunswick in snow overnight Saturday into Sunday and brought a dangerous mix of rain, freezing rain, ice pellets and snow to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

RELATED: Five-car pileup near Confederation Bridge

CLICK TO WATCH BELOW: Blizzard conditions won't keep this guy indoors in Prince Edward Island

Eastern New Brunswick saw some the heaviest snowfall, with more than 40 cm in Bathurst and 37 cm in Moncton. 

In an interview with the Canadian Press, EC meteorologist Jeremy March said the effects of the monstrous storm were widespread, adding that at one point its clouds stretched from Labrador to Bermuda -- about 2,500 km.

Officials closed down the Confederation Bridge connecting New Brunswick and P.E.I. Sunday morning as the weather worsened. 

Police also reported a five-vehicle pile-up near the iconic bridge, adding that no serious injuries were reported. 

CLICK TO WATCH BELOW: Weather Network reporter Nathan Coleman was at the scene and had this to say

RCMP said the Canso Causway, that connects Cape Breton to mainland Nova Scotia, was also closed off after a tractor trailer was taken down by high winds. 

As many as 4800 Nova Scotia Power customers were in the dark Sunday morning. That number nearly doubled later in the evening as the storm passed over Cape Breton. 

RELATED: Hurricane-force gusts detected off Newfoundland coast

Meanwhile, people in Newfoundland were being told to hunker down and to only venture out in emergencies due to the white-out conditions. 

CLICK TO WATCH BELOW: Hear those winds roar in Ship Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador

The storm will significantly ease up on Monday, but Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter says that lingering snow will still be a factor.

Watches and warnings remain in place for some areas. Visit our Alerts page for more.

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