Weary East Coast braces for the next storm as it digs out from the last

Medicine Hat News - - NATION-WORLD -

The snow just kept fall­ing on Par­adise.

“It started yes­ter­day morn­ing, slowed down last night and then picked up again and now we’re all snowed in again!” Dar­ren Byrne said with a sigh Wed­nes­day from Par­adise, a small com­mu­nity out­side St. John’s which he es­ti­mated got about 60 cm of snow.

“Yes my love, there’s prob­a­bly eight feet of snow in the drive­way in front of my car!”

The bl­iz­zard that wal­loped the Mar­itimes Mon­day and Tues­day took a se­cond bruis­ing swipe at eastern New­found­land on Wed­nes­day, dump­ing mounds of snow and un­leash­ing strong winds on a re­gion al­ready weary from a se­ries of pow­er­ful storms.

Mean­time, an­other storm was head­ing for At­lantic Canada on Thurs­day, prompt­ing En­vi­ron­ment Canada to post storm warn­ings for much of west­ern Nova Sco­tia, P.E.I. and south­ern and eastern New Brunswick.

The agency said an­other 15 to 30 cm could fall in those ar­eas af­ter it ar­rives some­time around mid­night Wed­nes­day and turns to freez­ing rain in some parts.

In New­found­land, Byrne stared out at the grow­ing piles of snow be­fore head­ing out for the next round of snow­clear­ing, al­ready sound­ing de­feated by the per­sis­tent pest. About 60 cm of snow had been dumped on some parts of the Avalon penin­sula.

Byrne, a trac­tor trailer driver, said driv­ing was treach­er­ous due to white­outs and snow­caked roads.

David Neil, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist with En­vi­ron­ment Canada in cen­tral New­found­land, said on Tues­day winds gusted to 110 km/h in ar­eas like Cape Race, Bur­geo and the Con­nai­gre penin­sula but had dropped to about 80 km/h in most af­fected ar­eas.

He said the St. John’s area was ex­pected to get more than 60 cm of snow by the time the sys­tem moved out later Wed­nes­day, while Gan­der recorded about 30 cm, rais­ing the snow­fall there to al­most 100 cm so far this win­ter.

Neil said it’s not un­usual to get that much snow, but this sys­tem hung around for a long time, cov­ered a wide area and is be­ing fol­lowed in quick suc­ces­sion by an­other one.

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