PHOTOS: Winter shows Atlantic Canada it isn't ready to let go

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PHOTOS: Winter shows Atlantic Canada it isn't ready to let go
PHOTOS: Winter shows Atlantic Canada it isn't ready to let go

The last-minute winter storm barrelled its way across Atlantic Canada Friday with heavy snow, rain and strong winds. The storm prompted numerous school, business and municipal building closures and/or delayed openings across parts of the Maritimes and Newfoundland in the morning as the snow ramped up.

Snowfall warnings were peppered throughout Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and Newfoundland, with the wintry blast causing difficult travel throughout the morning and afternoon.

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Parts of eastern Nova Scotia were forecast to get 20-30 cm by the time the system winds down. Halifax has reportedly received 27 cm as of Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile, most of the system's heaviest impacts are in Newfoundland, where parts of the western coast and central areas are forecast to get 20-40 cm of snow. Portions of north-central section is expected to get 15-25 cm of snow.

ATLsnow (Friday 23o)
ATLsnow (Friday 23o)

For the eastern peninsulas including the Avalon, much of the precipitation will fall as rain before the front arrives late in the day, bringing up to 50 mm of rainfall for some areas. As temperatures fall below freezing Friday night, conditions will likely become quite icy as well.

Accompanying the heavy snow are the strong winds, with some areas seeing peak gusts of 90-110 km/h.

Most of the heavy snow is lingering in areas east of Halifax and will depart the province Friday evening. In Newfoundland, the storm's impacts will subside in the overnight, making way for a pleasant weekend in Atlantic Canada with a warming trend that will continue into next week.

Here is a selection of visuals from the storm currently making the rounds on social media.

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Thumbnail courtesy of Frank Bailey, taken in Bridgewater, N.S.