Blizzard conditions shift into Newfoundland and Labrador

HALIFAX -- Blizzard conditions from an East Coast storm that cancelled flights and closed schools in parts of the Maritimes shifted into Newfoundland and Labrador early Tuesday.

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Environment Canada was reporting that the wintry blast brought up to 30 centimetres of snow to Nova Scotia, and blowing snow also made travel difficult through much of southern New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

The snow storm continued to track northeast into Newfoundland, stretching from Port aux Basques to St. John's.

Numerous flights were delayed or cancelled at St. John's airport, while ferries were docked and road travel was reported to be treacherous in many areas of the island.

Most schools in the eastern half of the island closed for the day.

Eastern Health Services announced that it would delay the opening of two community clinics on the Burin Peninsula, and advised the public that some regular services may not be available during the storm.

The federal forecaster said the Avalon peninsula can expect a total of up to 25 centimetres of snow, with higher accumulations for eastern, central and southern Newfoundland.

The storm left up to 30 centimetres of snow in Nova Scotia, which bore the brunt of the storm, and further accumulations were expected on Tuesday morning.

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality said the storm had hit the island hard, resulting in the closure of city offices and the cancellation of bus service.

A news release from the city advised residents to stay home if possible and police urged drivers to stay off the roads due to near zero visibility.

The City of Halifax announced municipal offices, customers service centres and some recreation facilities would stay closed until noon as well, as the cleanup continued.

The provincial government in Nova Scotia planned to open its offices around 10 a.m. local time in Halifax, and noon in Cape Breton, where the storm was more severe.

Nova Scotia Power said it had avoided outages during the storm, partly due to some advance trimming of tree branches that might take down power lines.

The utility also said in a news release that colder temperatures meant the snow was lighter, drier and less likely to build up on trees and electrical equipment than previous winter storms.


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