Winter weather blasts Maritimes with heavy snow, high winds; flights grounded

National Post | News

Flights were grounded at airports across the Maritimes on Sunday as a powerful snow storm blew through the region, knocking out power and causing white-out driving conditions.

Winter storm warnings blanketed Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and most of New Brunswick as the intense storm blasted the provinces with heavy snow and high winds.

“It’s a large storm that’s affecting probably 80 or 90 per cent of the Maritime provinces,” Environment Canada meteorologist Jean-Marc Couturier said in an interview on Sunday. “It’s a large storm with a lot of punch, a lot of vigour.”

Couturier said up to 30 centimetres of snow was expected for parts of Nova Scotia, with the snow changing to a mixture of ice pellets and freezing rain Sunday afternoon.

Southern New Brunswick was expected to get up to 45 centimetres of snow, while northern parts of the province would see up to 20 centimetres.

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