Calgary Herald

Fifth blizzard of the season blankets Atlantic Canada

- MARK IYPE

Heavy snow and freezing rain brought much of the East Coast to a standstill on Thursday, as a massive storm system pounded the region, snarling air traffic and forcing some snowplows off the road until the weather improved.

It’s the fifth major winter storm of the year to hit the snow-weary region.

Driving conditions were so bad in P.E.I. that provincial authoritie­s pulled snowplows from all secondary roads until conditions improved. Charlottet­own was under a snowfall warning, with up to 30 centimetre­s predicted on parts of the island.

The Confederat­ion Bridge also issued a travel advisory, restrictin­g most vehicles, including passenger cars, transport trucks and buses from crossing. Wind gusts were expected to reach 100 km/h in the Northumber­land Strait area throughout the day Thursday.

Environmen­t Canada issued snowfall warnings across much of the rest of Atlantic Canada as well, with some places expected to get up to 30 centimetre­s of snow, with winds gusting more than 100 km/h in parts.

The fast moving storm was tapering off in New Brunswick, where the southeaste­rn reaches of the province, including Saint John and Moncton, were the hardest hit. Much of the region was blanketed by heavy snow for much the day Thursday.

Nova Scotia received more rain than snow, with freezing rain predicted in Halifax. The Cape Breton Highlands were expected to see wind gusts up to 120 km/h, Environmen­t Canada warned.

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