Spring storm blasts region

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HALIFAX - It looked more like Christmas morning than Easter Sunday in parts of the Maritimes after a winter-like storm blanketed parts of the region in snow.

The storm, which began Saturday evening, had delivered as much as 31 centimetres of unwelcome snow and wind to many areas of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick by Sunday morning.

Conditions improved throughout the day in some regions, but other areas remained under weather warnings and were bracing for more of the wintry blast.

In Halifax, hundreds of travellers at the region's largest airport were coping with delayed and cancelled flights as wind-whipped snow covered the runways and created poor visibility.

''This is heavy, wet, springtime snow,'' said Peter Spurway, a spokesman for the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

''That makes the challenges for our crews a little bit more difficult. ... This stuff is tough to move.''

Spurway said about 40 incoming and outgoing flights were affected, though most were simply delayed and not cancelled.

He expected the backlog to be cleared by noon on Monday.

Meanwhile, power outages were reported across Nova Scotia affecting hundreds of customers, but a spokeswoman for Nova Scotia Power said crews were able to fix most problems within a couple of hours.

''Given the weather profile, people were prepared,'' said Margaret Murphy. ''We had our crews on alert pretty much across the province.''

Murphy said most of the outages were reported Sunday, though there were some on Saturday night.

Minor power outages were also reported in New Brunswick.

Police across the region said there were a few fender-benders, but no serious accidents as most drivers stayed off the roads.

Weather warnings remained in effect Sunday in northern Nova Scotia, eastern New Brunswick, and throughout Prince Edward Island, with some areas expecting wind, rain, or another five to 10 centimetres of snow.

The storm was expected to head north through the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Sunday evening, bringing up to 30 centimetres of blowing snow and snow-squall conditions to western Newfoundland.

Organizations: Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Nova Scotia Power

Geographic location: New Brunswick, HALIFAX, Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island Northern Nova Scotia Newfoundland

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