Atlantic Canada being walloped by huge snowstorm; warnings continued

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Atlantic Canada is being walloped by two fierce snowstorms that are combining.

One storm hit southern Ontario and Quebec on Friday, leading to at least three Ontario deaths – two on the roads and an 80-year-old woman who was shovelling her driveway. The other is hammering the northeastern United States.

Forecasters are predicting 30 to 40 centimetres of snow today for parts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and up to 30 centimetres for Prince Edward Island.


Meanwhile, in Charlottetown the streets are virtually deserted although some coffee shops, convenience stores and fast food outlets are open. Occasionally people can be seen shoveling out their doors, but more than likely they entrance would quickly fill in again due to the winds.

It appears Newfoundland will get off relatively lightly with up to 25 centimetres of snow by Sunday.

``Just the fact that we have a blizzard warning for such a large area... is something that we haven't seen for the past few years,'' said Paula Sutherland, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.

``We are looking at blizzard conditions... the snow and blowing snow combined will give poor visibility _ at times possibly reduced to zero _ throughout the day and evening,'' she said.

Streets deserted in Charlottetown

Forecasters say in some parts of Atlantic Canada, the snow will be whipped by winds of up to 100 kilometres an hour, cutting visibility to almost zero.

Dozens of today's flights have been cancelled at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

Very few cars could be seen on the roads in downtown Halifax Saturday morning as blowing snow whipped through the streets, creating near white-out conditions.

Several businesses were closed or operating on a reduced schedule, including the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation.

Forecasters also warn there could be some flooding along the Nova Scotia coast between Halifax and Yarmouth.

The storm caused outages in New Brunswick, with roughly 900 customers _ most of them in the Rothesay area _ without power by mid-morning, according to NB Power's website.

In the northeastern U.S., half a million homes and businesses are without power because of a powerful storm that has dumped up to half a metre of snow on Connecticut.

People in the Boston area are digging out of 40-centimetres of snow

Organizations: Environment Canada, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation NB Power

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, HALIFAX, United States Nova Scotia New Brunswick Southern Ontario Quebec Ontario Prince Edward Island Charlottetown Newfoundland Yarmouth Rothesay Connecticut Boston

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  • Sandra
    February 09, 2013 - 13:15

    To me, the blizzard has created an absolutely beautiful day here in Stratford, PEI. The kids are enjoying homemade blueberry cake, we are playing board games, spending a bit of time on the computer, reading, talking about our week, etc. Today is rare and if we choose it to be - such a blessing!