Storm par­a­lyzes Mar­itimes

Slow mov­ing system closes schools, busi­nesses, of­fices

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON/PROVINCE - BY THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Parts of At­lantic Canada re­mained un­der a bl­iz­zard warn­ing Tues­day af­ter a mas­sive storm de­scended on the re­gion, dump­ing a thick blan­ket of snow and un­leash­ing howl­ing winds be­fore march­ing off to New­found­land.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada is­sued the warn­ings for Cape Bre­ton and the east and south coasts of New­found­land as the slow­mov­ing storm con­tin­ued its blus­tery trek east.

In east­ern New­found­land, the English School Dis­trict closed schools in the St. John’s re­gion, which was fore­cast to get up to 60 cen­time­tres of snow by this af­ter­noon. Other ar­eas of the Avalon penin­sula were ex­pected to get about 40 cm of snow.

Trans­porta­tion and many pub­lic ser­vices were at a stand­still on the Avalon as high winds whipped around the snow, re­duc­ing vis­i­bil­ity to nil in some ar­eas.

“All you see is white out­side,’’ said Christina Hope, man­ager of the Tim Hor­tons on Tor­bay Road in St, John’s. She said the fast-food out­let would be clos­ing early de­spite a steady flow of snow-cov­ered cof­fee seek­ers.

“You can sort of see across the street, but not very well.’’

The winds over east­ern New­found­land were ex­pected to pick up through the day, gust­ing to 80 and 100 km/h overnight and con­tin­u­ing into to­day.

In Prince Ed­ward Is­land, Canada Post said it wasn’t safe to de­liver mail Tues­day. Mail ser­vice was also can­celled in east­ern New­found­land.

Mean­while, schools and gov­ern­ment of­fices were closed for a sec­ond day through­out Nova Sco­tia, P.E.I. and New Brunswick, while air travel was again stalled by can­cel­la­tions and de­lays. Dozens of ar­rivals and de­par­tures at Hal­i­fax Stan­field In­ter­na­tional Air­port were ei­ther can­celled or de­layed.

Hal­i­fax res­i­dent Jody Clarke was among sev­eral neigh­bours on his street ei­ther wield­ing a shovel or push­ing a snow­blower.

“We’re used to storms that hit with four or five hours of in­tense snow,’’ said Clarke, his hood pull over his red tuque with a Cana­dian flag on the front.

“(But) this was 24 hours straight of bl­iz­zard-like con­di­tions. You couldn’t move. The city was in lock­down. That’s the way it should have been. And we’re just dig­ging out now ... We got about 60 cen­time­tres, but when you’re shov­el­ling, it feels like 100 cen­time­tres.’’

Vast ar­eas of the Mar­itimes were snowed un­der Mon­day. The slow-mov­ing bl­iz­zard — dubbed the “Beast of the East’’ by one fore­caster — dumped al­most 80 cm of snow at Cana­dian Forces Base Gage­town in cen­tral New Brunswick. Pow­er­ful gusts that reached 120 kilo­me­tres per hour along the coast near Hal­i­fax cre­ated huge drifts through­out the port city.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada me­te­o­rol­o­gist Linda Libby said the storm was sig­nif­i­cant be­cause of the wide swath of ter­rain it cov­ered, along with the heavy snow­fall.

CP PHOTO

Boys dig a car out of the snow in Hal­i­fax on Tues­day fol­low­ing a ma­jor win­ter storm that hit the Mar­itimes.

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