New Brunswick is still reeling from a massive storm that hit the region on Thursday and is continuing to cause havoc into Friday.
While parts of Nova Scotia were whipped by wind and rain amid temperatures well above freezing, New Brunswickers faced heavy snow that made it impossible to see across the street.
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“If you are in your home and don’t need to travel, don’t travel,” said Greg MacCallum, director of New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization, who called it a “serious storm.”
Much of the province was under winter storm, rainfall or wind warnings during the storm. Central and northern parts of the province were expecting to see 40 cm of snow and wind gusts of up to 90 km/h.
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Environment Canada said early Friday that while heavy snow and blowing snow was expected to continues for the northern half of New Brunswick, the snow has changed to a mix of freezing rain and ice pellets for central areas overnight. Snow was expected to end by late morning over southern New Brunswick but persist into the afternoon for northern areas.
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Weather warnings are in effect for parts of the province on Friday.
NB Power had already pre-positioned additional crews ahead of the storm in anticipation of outages.
As of 7:30 a.m., the utility was reporting just over 12,000 customers were without service.
Many schools and businesses are expected to either remain closed on Friday or delay opening.
With files from The Canadian Press
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