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Post : Heavy snow, lost power and flights grounded as storm lashes Atlantic Canada
URL : http://globalnews.ca/news/4082270/storm-atlantic-canada/
Posted : March 14, 2018 at 9:40 am
Author : globalnewsdigital
Tags : Atlantic Canada, Delays, Electricity, Environment Canada, New Brunswick, Nor'easter, Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Power, Prince Edward Island, RCMP, Travel, Weather
Categories : Weather

Thousands of Maritimers woke up to power outages, school closures and flight cancellations today after the third storm to hit in a week swept through the region.

The electricity was out for 51,000 homes and businesses early today in Nova Scotia, with Nova Scotia Power saying that it had restored power to 70,000 customers since noon on Tuesday.

Utility spokeswoman Tiffany Chase said the combination of wet snow and gusting winds creates challenging conditions for the power grid.

"When you have snow mixed with rain it makes the snow heavy, it clings to our equipment and weighs down tree branches," she said in an interview early today.

READ MORE: Nor’Easter leaves tens of thousands of Nova Scotians without power ( https://globalnews.ca/news/4082121/noreaster-nova-scotia-2/ )

The Halifax Public Gardens remained closed due to "high winds and poor pathway conditions," the city said in a tweet.

In New Brunswick there were fewer power outages, with about 4,300 customers still without power as of 6:30 a.m., but schools throughout the province were closed.

Environment Canada has issued a slew of warnings, saying up to 25 centimetres of snow was expected in some areas through today.

Agency meteorologist Ian Hubbard said 20 to 25 centimetres of snow was expected in New Brunswick, with up to 40 centimetres possible in some areas.


The RCMP tweeted that travel wasn't recommended on the Trans-Canada Highway between Perth-Andover and Woodstock.

Prince Edward Island also had school closures along with one-hour delays as buses waited for roads to be cleared.

The Island's utility said about 6,100 customers were without power overnight, but by 3:30 a.m. most had power back.

Environment Canada was also calling for potentially damaging high winds of up to 110 kilometres an hour along coastal areas of Nova Scotia and up to 100 km/h in parts of Newfoundland.

> Storm surge is a concern during high tide today as well. Choppy waters currently on #Halifax ( https://twitter.com/hashtag/Halifax?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) waterfront. @globalhalifax ( https://twitter.com/globalhalifax?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) pic.twitter.com/Ozgwn5m1k1 ( https://t.co/Ozgwn5m1k1 )
> — Dave Squires (@DaveWSquires) March 14, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/DaveWSquires/status/973836856424005635?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

The weather agency said some areas of Newfoundland could expect 15 to 30 millimetres of rain by Thursday afternoon.

Airlines cancelled flights ahead of the storm.

WATCH: NS Power updates march break Nor'Easter

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The departure board at Halifax Stanfield International Airport showed around a dozen flight cancellations early today, with similar situations in smaller airports around the region.

However, most flights after 7:30 a.m. were on schedule as the weather calmed over Nova Scotia's capital.

Ferry crossings between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland were posting delays, and travellers were advised to check Marine Atlantic's website for updates.

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