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article imageAtlantic Canada hammered by massive winter storm

By Karl Gotthardt     Feb 10, 2013 in Environment
Fredericton - The massive winter storm that closed down Boston and most airports in the US northeast and Toronto has moved on to Atlantic Canada. While not quite as potent, the storm left thousands without power and caused dozens of flight cancellations.
After hitting southern Ontario, the Alberta Clipper moved east to combine with a Texas low, which caused havoc in New England and NYC. As New England and New York are slowly returning to normal, the storm moved to Atlantic Canada, hitting Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island yesterday. While Cape Breton, other parts of Nova Scotia and the Saint John, New Brunswick area still have lingering effects, the storm has now moved east toward Newfoundland
Heavy snow, strong winds and blowing snow are forecast for today and tonight. Further snowfall amounts between 15 and 35 centimetres are expected.
This is a warning that blizzard conditions with near-zero visibilities are expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.
An intense low pressure system south of Newfoundland will track slowly northeastward today to lie just south of the Avalon Peninsula tonight. A warm front extending northeastward from this low will remain over the Avalon Peninsula today and tonight before moving offshore Monday morning.
As the storm is heading toward Newfoundland, road conditions remain poor in southern New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. Blowing snow and blizzard warnings are still in effect in many areas.
Forecasters say the storm is southeast of Nova Scotia and heading towards Newfoundland and Labrador.
Road conditions are poor across the southern half of New Brunswick, all of P.E.I. and most of Nova Scotia.
There are blowing snow and blizzard warnings still in effect for several areas.
Power crews are dealing with a few hundred outages in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
This comes after thousands of power outages, dozens of flight cancellations and flooding shut down most businesses and services on Saturday.
"This storm almost set some records," said Doug Mercer with Environment Canada.
Florence Sheehan a resident of Upper Gagetown, New Brunswick, near Fredericton said that the storm yesterday raged for most of the day and well into the night, until about midnight. With winds blowing 60 to 80 km/h, it created white-outs at time. A good foot of snow fell during the period, although in her case she did not lose power.
According to CTV news
parts of Nova Scotia were particularly hard hit. In Shelburne, Nova Scotia there was flooding in the streets, after a storm surge had gushed up to four feet of snow into the streets.
The flooding was the worst Shelburne had seen since the 1976 Groundhog Day storm, which caused flooding of up to 1.6 meters deep, causing extensive damage to wharves, historic coastal buildings and boats.
As evening fell, there were still concerns that high tide combined with 70-80 km/h winds would bring repeat flooding, causing further damage.
“As the storm passes over the next 12 to 24 hours we can assess the damage,” Kirk Cox, Shelburne’s chief administrative officer, told CTV Atlantic.
Wind gusts of up to 100 km/h hit Nova Scotia’s coast Saturday morning, downing a number of power lines and blowing the roof off at least one house.
Nova Scotia Power reported that by early Saturday morning approximately 21,000 customers had been left without power, but this number was reduced to 5,000 by Saturday evening. In Moncton, NB 1400 residents were left in the dark.
This is the worst snowstorm of the season in the Maritimes , which has caused the cancellation of flights, buses and Marine Atlantic ferries, which remained tied up for the day.
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