Snow on the Way for Maritimes

Winter in Canada New Brunswick Moncton city during a snow storm in March  Getty ImagesMore

Winter in Canada New Brunswick Moncton city during a snow storm in March Getty ImagesMore

Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologists say a potentially major winter storm might begin to affect the Maritimes Tuesday afternoon and go into Wednesday. "This is going to impact all three provinces over the next 24 to 36 hours".

"There is a risk of localized flooding during high tide as well as coastal erosion and infrastructure damage due to heavy, pounding surf, especially as some of these same coastal areas were already affected by similar conditions last week".

"I'd hate to hang my hat so early on a (snowfall amount) number right now, further west in New Brunswick, we're seeing pretty consistent amounts in the 20 to 40 cm range... for P.E.I., I wouldn't expect that much but I can't say a number for sure because of the potential changeover to rain", he said.

Hubbard said the first snow flurries were recorded shortly before noon at the Yarmouth, N.S., airport.

The Confederation Bridge between New Brunswick to P.E.I. also warned of possible restrictions on traffic later in the day.

Nova Scotia Power told CBC News it has set up power line crews and forestry teams across that province in anticipation of emergency operations centre ahead of the storm.

Atlantic Canada is preparing for another heavy winter storm, the third in a week.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the entire coast of Maine, New Hampshire and most of MA.

Winter storm watches are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

Although the latest storm was not expected to bring as many power outages as a nor'easter last week because the snow is lighter and fluffier, more than 150,000 customers in MA lost power by late Tuesday morning.

Wind gusts of about 110 km/h were reported on Cape Cod in the early stages of the storm.

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