Moncton digs out after wintry wallop

Donald Avenue Moncton, 12 Feb 2012 (Dearing photo)

Precipitation began early yesterday in Greater Moncton as rain (about 3 mm fell) before cold air rushed in, the temperature fell below freezing and the rain changed to ice briefly and then to snow (about 29 cm fell).

Winds were also a factor with gusts up to 60 km/h reported at the Greater Moncton Airport causing blowing and drifting snow.

Snow and ice made roads impassable in some areas with Nova Scotia’s Cobequid Pass closed for hours early Sunday.

Prince Edward Island was hardest hit with ice bringing down power lines and more than 40 cm of snow in Charlottetown.

Closer to the Atlantic coast, precipitation fell mostly as rain (with up to 50 mm reported in Halifax) which later turned to freezing rain and ice pellets making for icy road conditions.

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