Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Intense storm expected to bring snow, high winds to Maritimes

Intense storm expected to bring snow, high winds to Maritimes

The snow is expected to change to rain in the Halifax-area overnight but gusty winds of up to 80 km/h are expected to persist throughout the day on Wednesday.

Winter storm, wind and storm surge warnings remain in effect across all three Maritime provinces, with impacts likely to continue through late week.

Higher than normal water levels and pounding surf could also cause flooding in coastal areas during high tide.

Hubbard said the first snow flurries were recorded shortly before noon at the Yarmouth, N.S., airport.

Numerous flights have also been cancelled or delayed at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport, with travellers asked to check ahead if they have a scheduled flight into Wednesday.

Nova Scotia Power activated its emergency operations centre Monday night in advance of the storm.

The centre is used to co-ordinate power outage restoration and to liaise with the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office.

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Atlantic Canada is preparing for another heavy winter storm, the third in a week.

In New England on Tuesday, the storm brought blizzard conditions to parts of coastal MA, covering highways with snow and knocking out power to tens of thousands.

It will bring varying amounts of snowfall to the different regions, from up to 20 cm on the western edge in Quebec, to 30 - 40 cm in the eye of the storm over New Brunswick and parts of Nova Scotia.

If that wasn't enough, high winds could reach above 90 kilometres per hour.

Most of the east coast is under winter storm warnings, and Environment Canada issues the warnings "when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together".

The wet snow coupled with gusty winds made for a slick commute home Tuesday afternoon before power outages started to pile up across the region after dinner time.

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