An­other storm chokes East Coast

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON/PROVINCE -

Much of At­lantic Canada was slog­ging through yet an­other bout of nasty win­ter weather Thurs­day that closed schools and gov­ern­ment of­fices again, even as peo­ple con­tin­ued dig­ging out from an un­re­lent­ing series of storms.

With snow­banks grow­ing ever higher, En­vi­ron­ment Canada is­sued a new set of weather warn­ings through­out the re­gion as the sys­tem churned through the Gulf of St. Lawrence — bring­ing snow, wind, freez­ing rain or a messy mix of all of that.

“This is just a se­cond lit­tle taste of win­ter, but it’s not the same kind of mag­ni­tude as the first one,’’ me­te­o­rol­o­gist Tracey Tal­bot said from Dartmouth, which was be­ing pelted by freez­ing rain after about 15 cm of snow had fallen early Thurs­day.

“The snow­fall amounts are sig­nif­i­cantly less than what we had ear­lier in the week and the wind­speeds are nowhere near what we had the other day.’’

Much of New Brunswick was un­der a win­ter storm warn­ing and fore­cast to get winds gust­ing to 80 km/h along with 15 to 30 cm of snow, lead­ing to the can­cel­la­tion of tran­sit ser­vices in Saint John. Schools were also closed for the day.

The agency was fore­cast­ing wind gusts of up to 70 km/h, along with 25 cm of snow in Prince Ed­ward Is­land, prompt­ing RCMP to urge driv­ers to be care­ful on roads that were be­set by white­out con­di­tions.

Newfoundland and Labrador was also be­ing slammed by this lat­est sys­tem that was fore­cast to bring a mix of freez­ing rain and blow­ing snow to the east, while Labrador was fac­ing up to 35 cm of snow.

Tal­bot said the sys­tem was fore­cast to move into Labrador later Thurs­day, and re­mained un­der a bliz­zard warn­ing in ar­eas around Nain and Hope­dale. They were ex­pected to get up to 35 cm of snow, with re­duced vis­i­bil­ity and high winds.

Tal­bot said the high­est snow­fall could be in the An­napo­lis Val­ley and south­east­ern New Brunswick. Green­wood, N.S., re­ported 28 cm Thurs­day morn­ing.

This lat­est storm again ham­pered travel through­out the re­gion.

The Hal­i­fax Stan­field In­ter­na­tional Air­port can­celled and de­layed sev­eral flights after re­port­ing an ad­di­tional 28 cm of snow early Thurs­day, while the Char­lot­te­town air­port also posted some can­cel­la­tions.

Tal­bot said peo­ple should get a bit of a weather re­prieve once this sys­tem clears out some­time Satur­day.

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