Spring storm in Atlantic Canada expected to bring gusts over 100 km/h

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HALIFAX - Atlantic Canada is bracing for a spring storm that could bring wind gusts of over 100 kilometres per hour and storm surges that could damage docks and coastal properties.

Environment Canada forecaster Tracey Talbot says the storm will begin very early Wednesday morning in southern Nova Scotia and will track across the region through day.

She says about 40 to 50 centimetres of snow is expected to fall in southern New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

The storm will continue in late afternoon and early evening into southern Newfoundland, where winds will also be intense but less snow is expected.

Talbot says the storm's winds are expected to be as powerful as a Jan. 11 blizzard where gusts were over 100 km/h.

Gordon Hayward, the manager of winter operations for Halifax, says the storm will likely take the city over its $20 million annual budget for snow removal.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Southern Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island Southern Newfoundland

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