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Late winter blizzard belts Atlantic Canada, hindering travel throughout region

03/16/2015 06:07 EDT | Updated 05/16/2015 05:59 EDT
HALIFAX - A late winter blizzard that paralyzed a wide swath of the Maritimes belted parts of Newfoundland and Labrador on Monday, dumping heavy snow buffeted by fierce gusts.

The storm triggered travel problems throughout Atlantic Canada, cancelling and delaying numerous flights and ferry runs. The Confederation Bridge, which links New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island, was closed to traffic.

Environment Canada meteorologist Linda Libby said as much as 45 centimetres of snow could fall by Tuesday morning on the northeastern coast and central regions of Newfoundland.

Driving conditions in many areas were treacherous, prompting police in some regions to urge the public to stay off the roads.

Blowing snow was a factor in a 12-car pileup that occurred Monday at 11:20 a.m. on the Trans-Canada Highway in Nova Scotia, about 100 kilometres from the New Brunswick border, said RCMP Sgt. Al LeBlanc. Two people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Environment Canada said 44 centimetres of snow fell in Moncton, N.B., while parts of P.E.I. saw between 40 and 50 centimetres.

The highest amount of snowfall in the region was 59 centimetres, reported by the airport in Sydney, N.S.