NEWS

Snow Storm Blasts Parts Of Atlantic Canada

03/18/2015 05:02 EDT | Updated 05/17/2015 05:12 EDT
A late winter storm is steadily dropping lots of snow on much Atlantic Canada this morning.

Parts of the Maritimes remain under a winter storm warning as snow continues to fall. 

As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, the following snow amounts were recorded: 

- Halifax's Stanfield International Airport had recorded 19 centimetres of snow.

- Upper Tantallon had received about 25 centimetres.

- Greenwood had about 12 centimetres.

- Yarmouth had about 6 centimetres.

Environment Canada says central and eastern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and eastern Prince Edward Island are expected to receive the brunt of the storm with more than 20 and 30 centimetres expected to accumulate by this evening. 

Other areas of Nova Scotia and P.E.I. are in for 10 to 20 centimetres before it's all said and done. 

Nova Scotia's Yarmouth and Shelburne counties, Prince County in P.E.I. and areas of southeastern New Brunswick are under a blowing snow advisory today. 

"Very strong northwest gusting to 80 km/h will persist today giving significantly reduced visibility in blowing snow," said Environment Canada in a statement.

"Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility. Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero."

Halifax buried

In Halifax, early risers awoke to about 30 centimetres of fresh snow on the ground. Few people were out on the road this morning. 

In Nova Scotia, plows have been busy trying to keep the major routes clear. 

Halifax Transit made the unusual move of pulling bus and ferry service ahead of today's major snowstorm.

Dozens of cancellations are coming in at CBC's storm centre line.

CBC Meteorologist Peter Coade says the affects of today's storm will continue until later today across much of the Maritimes before tapering to flurries and gradually clearing overnight tonight.

"The centre of the disturbance that developed last evening over the Gulf of Maine is now tracking along to the south of Nova Scotia. The storm is taking aim at the Avalon Peninsula on the island of Newfoundland where we will find it by daybreak tomorrow," says Coade.

Watch a 360 degree view of the storm at Chebucto Road and Mumford Road in Halifax.


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