PHOTOS: First blizzard in 2022 knocks out power across East Coast

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PHOTOS: First blizzard in 2022 knocks out power across East Coast

Thousands of people are without power on Canada's East Coast as a powerful nor'easter brings very heavy snowfall and slowly increasing winds to the region.

Nova Scotia and parts of southern New Brunswick have seen the biggest impacts so far in terms of snow, and parts of the region are even in line for more than 40 cm of snow by the time this system moves on.

As of early Saturday morning, more than 41,000 customers without electricity across the province, according to Nova Scotia Power's outage map.

Travel is very difficult across the affected areas, and authorities are warning residents to stay off the roads if possible.

Blizzard, winter storm and wind warnings still in effect for sections of Newfoundland, as visibility continues to drop with winds gusting between 90-130 km/h. The greatest winds will be along the coastal sections.

One peculiarity of this system: A rare confluence of weather factors has actually delivered a few instances of thundersnow – thunder during a snowstorm – with some people catching it on camera.

Below is a selection of how the storm has played out so far across the region.

Thumbnail courtesy of Theresa Williams, taken in Saint John, N.B.

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