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Snowstorm smacks maritime Canada

Dec. 30, 2012 at 6:23 PM   |   Comments

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A winter storm hit Canada's three Maritimes provinces, leaving more than 2,400 people without power Sunday morning, officials said.

It was the second winter storm to hit New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island in the past week, CBC News reported. Flurries started Saturday night and continued into Sunday afternoon.

In Nova Scotia's Bridgewater, Liverpool, Pubnico, Shelburne and Guysborough counties, 2,341 customers without power Sunday morning. Another 120 customers in Clyde River had power outages for a time, but service was later restored.

Travel was also greatly affected by the storm. Snow drifts forming on roads were reported in New Brunswick. on Prince Edward Island traffic was slowed Sunday morning due to strong winds.

Many flights in or out of Halifax's Stanfield international Airport Sunday morning are canceled or delayed. Several flights out Prince Edward Island and Saint John Airport in New Brunswick were also canceled.

Other parts of Canada received snowfall on Thursday and Friday, Accuweather.com reported.

Montreal received about 17 inches, while Quebec City and Ottawa received close to 8 inches. Toronto got just under 4 inches of snow.

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