Winter storm lashes Atlantic Canada, another round on the way
Thursday, December 19, 2013, 7:32 AM -
Parts of Atlantic Canada are digging out from yet another winter storm that brought up to 30 cm of snow to some places on Wednesday.
Much like the last storm that dumped 40 cm of snow on the region, this latest blast prompted several school closures and flight cancellations.
Nova Scotia Power crews are working to restore electricity to hundreds of customers as well.
Officials say snow and strong winds are to blame and they're hoping to have power restored by the afternoon hours on Thursday.
"It seemed to follow the same pattern as the last one," says The Weather Network's Nathan Coleman who has been tracking these winter storms in Halifax. "It started with the snow and then turning over to rain, so everyone was worried that was going to freeze. But the plows were quick out on the road, so that's a positive out of it."
Still, several accidents were reported on Wednesday as drivers struggled with the winter-like weather.
The storm continued to push into Newfoundland prompting authorities to close schools and issue travel warnings Thursday.
Wind, blowing snow and winter storm warnings remain in place for parts of the province.
"For regions under a winter storm warnings, additional snowfall today will not be significant," said Environment Canada in their statement Thursday morning. "However, it will be accompanied by strong westerly winds gusting from 80 to 100 km/h, which will cause poor visibilities in blowing snow later this morning."
Higher than normal water levels are also expected during the high tide Thursday with minor coastal flooding possible, EC warns.
Marine Atlantic has tied up its ferries until conditions improve, greatly affecting pre-Christmas shopping and travel plans.
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WATCHING THE NEXT STORM
As residents dig out from this most recent system, all eyes are on the forecast for another weekend storm.
"There is potential for significant snow, freezing rain, ice pellets, and blowing snow on Sunday," EC says.
While it is still too early to predict any amounts or duration of the snow or freezing rain with this event, the storm is likely to impact holiday plans over the weekend.
Be sure to check back for frequent updates and tune into TV as we track the storm's impact.