Winter storm thwarts travel plans for many in Maritimes

Wintry weather in the Maritimes Sunday is thwarting travel plans for hundreds of people in Atlantic Canada.

The region is getting hit with its first significant snowfall this winter.

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Already, about 15 centimetres of snow have fallen on southern New Brunswick and central Nova Scotia, with a few more centimetres to come.

Environment Canada says up to 20 centimetres of snow is expected in some areas, which will be mixed with ice pellets at times. Winds are light, so Environment Canada meteorologist Jean Marc Couturier says the snow is falling quietly without blowing around.

Still, many flights at Halifax Stanfield International Airport have already been delayed or cancelled. Air Canada and WestJet are advising anybody travelling to or from Maritime airports Sunday to expect flight delays and cancellations.

Couturier tells CTV News Channel that the snowfall has already weakened over western Nova Scotia, turning into rain in areas such as Yarmouth, N.S. The snowfall should ease off this evening, he said, but there will be more coming to Cape Breton on Monday. The temperature will also drop overnight leading to a much colder Monday for most of the Maritimes.

The Atlantic provinces have seen very little snow this year, so one place where Sunday’s snow will be welcome are the region’s ski hills. Several have remained closed this year, and those that are open have only a few beginner trails operating.

Staff at ski hills such as Crabbe Mountain in Bright Parish, N.B. say they need cold temperatures to settle in after Sunday’s storm hits.

“When we have cold and it’s also snowing, we can’t fire up our snow-making. But when we get low humidity and cold temperatures we can get the snow going,” says Crabbe Mountain’s Andrew Cuthberston.

With a report from CTV Atlantic’s Nick Moore



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