Winter storm wallops Atlantic Canada

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:10 PM ET

A massive winter storm is walloping Atlantic Canada, causing widespread school closures and flight cancellations.

Environment Canada issued weather warnings for all of Atlantic Canada on Thursday as the low pressure system moves across the region.

The storm moved its way up the U.S. eastern seaboard before hitting Canada's East Coast. Areas around Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City are buried under up to 30 cm of snow. The snow and icy rain left almost one million customers in New England without power and stranded thousands at airports, which were forced to shut down due to the weather.

Most of the Maritimes will receive 10-30 cm of snow and winds up to 80 km/h Thursday. It is the seventh powerful winter storm to pound the East Coast in about the past two months.

The latest storm is expected to taper off overnight but not before hitting parts of Newfoundland.

Moncton and Saint John, N.B., are expected to take the brunt of the storm, while wind gusts of up to 120 km/h are predicted for parts of Nova Scotia's Cape Breton island and freezing rain for Halifax.

The entire province of P.E.I. is under a snowfall warning and a travel advisory says high winds may force the closure of the Confederation Bridge.

Schools, businesses and several government offices in New Brunswick and P.E.I. closed for the day as the storm blows through. Meanwhile, authorities in Nova Scotia are reporting several traffic collisions on the slippery roads.

Airlines are advising travellers headed for Atlantic Canada and the U.S. East Coast to check their flights before heading to airports.

Significant delays and cancellations are being reported at airports on both sides of the border.

The previous storms caused flooding, knocked out power and toppled trees. Millions of dollars have been spent cleaning up the damage.


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