01/25/2015 03:39 EST | Updated 03/27/2015 05:59 EDT

Snow, rain and wind slam East Coast as U.S. braces for 'historic' snowfall

Canadians in the Maritimes and Newfoundland and Labrador faced wintry conditions that caused power outages in some area Sunday, while the northeastern U.S. braced for a "potentially historic" storm. 

In Nova Scotia emergency crews worked to restore power to nearly 1,000 households left without power following a system that brought a mix of snow, rain and high winds. Power was also knocked to some areas of New Brunswick, which dealt with the worst of the storm Saturday, and travel advisories remained in place at the airport in Moncton. 

​​Heavy rains that lashed Newfoundland yesterday washing out several major roadways began to taper off into the afternoon Sunday but fierce winds that reached up to 154 km/h on the southwest coast kept ferries in port and continued to cause problems for drivers.

Wind warnings were in place across much of the island, while Environment Canada warned the west coast could see snow squalls Sunday night.

Conditions were even harsher in Labrador, where the Department of Transportation had to keep emergency crews in the south off main roadways due to the storm while residents in the north could see blizzard-like conditions. 

In Ontario, the cities of Toronto and Hamilton issued extreme cold weather warnings, as a front was expected to move in Sunday night, and Ottawa warned residents to be weary of the potential for frostbite on Sunday and into Monday. 

Extra services will be available to the homeless in Toronto, including two 24-hour drop-ins and extra shelter beds, city officials said. 

Snow dump coming to U.S. east coast

The U.S. National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning Sunday, warning that a "potentially historic" snowstorm could dump a half metre or more of snow between New York City and Boston as the new work week begins. 

The warning was specifically for New York City, were as much as 76 centimetres of snow could fall by Tuesday. 

Blizzard conditions with powerful winds are possible in both cities starting Monday and into Tuesday, and snow should arrive in some areas before daybreak.

"This will be the strongest storm of the year," said NWS meteorologist Brian Hurley. "This Nor'easter is going to produce a wide swath of snowfall."

The storm promises treacherous travel by both land and air throughout the busy northeast corridor.