NEWS

Maritimes battle snow, freezing rain

01/27/2012 05:20 EST | Updated 03/28/2012 05:12 EDT

A winter storm blanketed parts of New Brunswick with snow Friday, followed by freezing rain in the evening, while many parts of Nova Scotia saw a bit of snow followed by rain.

Weather warnings are still in effect for much of New Brunswick, with a total of 20 to 30 centimetres of snow expected in northern parts of the province.

In Saint John, the temperature rose to 0 C by 6:30 p.m., while Fredericton and Rothesay were -4 C.

Heavy rainfall warnings were still in effect Friday evening for the areas surrounding the Bay of Fundy.

Several New Brunswick school districts began shutting down schools on Friday morning before the winter storm started to pick up force. By mid-morning, only schools in eastern New Brunswick and the province's north shore remained open.

This is the second storm this week that has caused schools across the province to close.

Kalin Mitchell, a CBC meteorologist, said the Moncton and Fredericton would see 10-15 centimetres of snow and then change 1to 0-20 millimetres of rain.

"And there will also be the risk of seeing some local blowing snow as wind picks up," Mitchell said.

Snow crews were busy most of Friday.

"Had the salt trucks out this morning. They are going to continue on as long as they have to before people head home," said Dylan Gamble, spokesman for the City of Fredericton. "We are actually going to go out with all our plow trucks and plow off the main drags so we can get some more salt down again and get every one home safely."

The latest winter blast came from a low pressure system that moved out of Texas.

Along with New Brunswick, the low pressure system was expected to bring heavy snowfall through the St. Lawrence Valley and Prince Edward Island.

On P.E.I., 10 to 15 centimetres was expected before changing to freezing rain overnight. Strong southeasterly winds were expect to change to the south after midnight.

Nova Scotia saw some snow Friday afternoon before it changed to rain.

Heavy rainfall warnings were in effect for Digby and Yarmouth overnight. Cape Breton was expecting 10-15 centimetres later Friday night, before changing to heavy rain. Inverness County and Mabou are under heavy wind warnings, with gusts of more than 100 km/h expected overnight.

Airports in Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton and Halifax reported some flight cancellations or delays.

B.C. expects more snow

Other parts of the country may avoid the need to pick up a snow shovel, but they are also scheduled to get a taste of the nasty weather.

Freezing rain is expected to hit much of Ontario and Quebec. And while the Prairies are likely to escape the winter storm, more snow is forecast to fall in northern British Columbia, where an additional 10 cm is expected on Friday morning.

While northern B.C. is anticipating more snow, southern parts of the province are likely to experience periods of wind and rain.

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