This is spring? Weather bomb pummels Atlantic Canada

Doug Cook clears his driveway during a major snow storm in Enfield, N.S., on March 26, 2014....

Doug Cook clears his driveway during a major snow storm in Enfield, N.S., on March 26, 2014. (REUTERS/Darren Pittman)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

Many schools and businesses remained closed in Atlantic Canada after a blizzard moved through the area on Wednesday, and high winds hampered clean-up efforts on Thursday.

Thousands were also still without power Thursday morning including more than 16,000 homes in Nova Scotia, 2,500 in New Brunswick, 900 in Prince Edward Island and approximately 1,000 in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Watch these reporters get blown off camera by the 170 km/h winds.

Crews had to wait until the weather was at "a safe level" before being able to restore power, NB Power said on Twitter. Workers focused their efforts primarily on life-threatening situations overnight, the utility tweeted.

The storm dumped more than 30 cm of snow on much of the Maritimes.

Wind gusts of up to 120 km/h were expected to batter the northern part of Nova Scotia, the south-eastern part of Quebec, all of P.E.I. and coastal regions of Newfoundland and Labrador Thursday.

Rain and snow are expected throughout the weekend in the Maritimes, but temperatures should warm up to above zero.


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