Blizzard moves away from Maritimes, eyes Newfoundland

A winter blizzard that wreaked havoc in parts of the Maritimes over the weekend is heading towards Newfoundland and Labrador.

Newfoundlanders can expect a second dose of winter storm throughout Sunday. Blizzard warnings are still in effect across much of the island, as well as winter storm and blowing snow warnings.

Meanwhile people in the Maritimes barely had enough time to finish the back-aching job of digging themselves out after upwards of 40 centimetres of snow fell on Saturday before blowing snow brought it all back.

Cape Bretoners are still feeing the effects of the storm, but it calmed in the Halifax region before noon.

Murray Murphy walked through the snow to get his morning cup of tea in Sydney.

"It's a bad one and more coming. [I'll] probably go back home again and wait her out," she said.

The lights are back on in the Maritimes. But in Newfoundland, residents on the Burin Peninsula, as well as the Bonavista Peninsula, are experiencing power outages.

This comes after thousands of power outages, dozens of flight cancellations and flooding shut down most businesses and services in the Maritimes on Saturday.

"This storm almost set some records," said Doug Mercer with Environment Canada.

"There was some very, very strong winds down in the tri-county area. Digby reported a peak wind of 140 and south of Yarmouth in Woods Harbour they recorded a peak wind of 164 kilometres an hour, which is the wind you'd expect from a category two hurricane."

The worst snowstorm of the season moved across the Maritimes cancelling flights and buses and leaving frustrated passengers in its wake.

Road conditions are poor across the southern half of New Brunswick, all of P.E.I. and most of Nova Scotia.

With more cancellations piling up at the Halifax airport Sunday morning, airlines said it could take a couple of days to get back to normal.

Many departures and arrivals are cancelled or delayed at St. John's International Airport. Passengers are advised to check with their airline carriers for updates.

Marine Atlantic crossings in the Cabot Strait are cancelled again for Sunday. Customers can check their toll-free telephone line or their website for details.

There are also restrictions in place on the Confederation Bridge.

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