Winter storm dumps snow in Maritimes for 2nd time in 3 days
HALIFAX – Parts of the Maritimes are digging out for the second time in three days as a winter storm sweeps through parts of the region.
Environment Canada says a weather system near Cape Cod is responsible for the storm which was expected to bring up to 25 centimetres of snow to much of mainland Nova Scotia and southeastern New Brunswick by the end of the day Tuesday.
Environment Canada meteorologist Linda Libby said the snow in Halifax is expected to continue falling into the early hours of Wednesday.
“We’re looking at the worst of conditions coming in around mid evening, 7 to 8 p.m.,” she said.
“The character of the snow is going to be light at fluffy.”
Libby said strong winds could blow the snow around, creating poor visibility and making it hard to predict an exact total. She said 10 to 15 centimetres could accumulate in the city by the end of Tuesday, with another five to 10 centimetres accruing on Wednesday.
She said forecast models show areas east of Lunenburg, N.S. receiving mostly snow, while western parts of Nova Scotia will see more of a mixture that could include freezing rain, ice pellets and rain.
Up to 15 centimetres of snow was expected for northern New Brunswick, while lighter amounts of up to 10 centimetres were forecast for Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton.
The snowfall led to several flight delays at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and to event cancellations in some parts of the region.
Recreation programs across Halifax were cancelled for Tuesday evening.
In Dartmouth, more than 6,000 households lost power, but it was restored by late afternoon.
RCMP say the conditions also caused more than a dozen traffic accidents across Nova Scotia.
The most serious was a head-on collision around 2 p.m. on Highway 104 near French River, N.S., that sent a man and a woman to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Tuesday’s winter weather follows a storm on Sunday that dumped up to 18 centimetres of snow on some areas of the Maritime provinces. In Halifax, at least 234 tickets were issued and 13 vehicles were towed under the city’s winter parking ban as crews worked to clear the streets.
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