Atlantic Canada digging out after another storm hits the region
HALIFAX – Yet another storm has dumped heavy snow on parts of Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and western Newfoundland.
Schools across Nova Scotia were closed Friday, and Charlottetown was left to dig out from under 29 centimetres of snow sitting on top of huge drifts left from three previous storms.
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Blowing snow is made for treacherous driving condition across a wide swath of the region. The RCMP reported that some roads in western Newfoundland were impassable Friday morning.
In central Newfoundland, heavy rain was a factor in a bus crash late Thursday near Grand Falls-Windsor. About 50 children, parents and skating coaches were taken to hospital, but no serious injuries were reported after the DRL bus veered off the Trans-Canada Highway and flipped on its side.
“A lot of places in the Maritimes have been besieged with a lot of winter weather in the last seven days, so every bit more snow and wind isn’t too welcome,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Darin Borgel.
“I’m sure there’s going to be some challenges to driving because of a lot of drifting snow. Road-clearing is still going to be a problem.”
In Cape Breton, police asked motorists to stay off the roads Friday morning.
Even though New Brunswick didn’t get much snow, temperatures were bitterly cold in the province’s northern reaches.
Still, another 15 centimetres fell on Saint John, which declared a state of emergency this week when the city’s total accumulated snowfall topped 129 cm in less than a week.
“Given all they’ve had in past seven to 10 days, that’s added fuel to the fire there,” Borgel said.
All schools in P.E.I. were closed Friday, but that was due to a professional development day.
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