Cumberland County prepares to ring in snowy, slushy New Year

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AMHERST "Is this deep snow or is this deep snow?" asked Amherst younster Alex Myers as he and his friend Eric Fitzgerald shovelled a Church Street walkway during the height of Monday's snowstorm.

Cumberland County prepares to ring in snowy, slushy New Year

AMHERST "Is this deep snow or is this deep snow?" asked Amherst younster Alex Myers as he and his friend Eric Fitzgerald shovelled a Church Street walkway during the height of Monday's snowstorm.

Amherstonians, like most Atlantic Canadians, will be ringing in a wet and snowy New Year as another storm batters the already winter-weary region.

The system is expected to dump more than 20 centimetres of snow on northern Nova Scotia today.

Environment Canada was predicting the wind in the Amherst area would pick up Monday afternoon, blowing at 40 kilometres an hour and gusting to 60km/h.

The national weather agency has had a winter storm warning in effect since Sunday night.

The snow is expected to become flurries tonight.

Highways in Cumberland County were reported to be snow covered with reduced visibility but as of mid-afternoon all major routes including the Cobequid Pass remained open to traffic.

Along the provinces Atlantic coast, the snow has given way to ice pellets and rain, covering roads in slippery slush.

Southern New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island could see about 20 centimetres of snow by the end of the day.

Lesser amounts are expected in northern New Brunswick.

The storm will sweep across Newfoundland today and Tuesday, bringing between 15 and 20 centimetres of snow to a province still digging out from a weekend storm.

The central and eastern parts of the island were blanketed Sunday under 15 to 25 centimetres of snow.

And on Friday, a blizzard dumped 20 centimetres on the St. Johns area, forcing government offices to close and disrupting air traffic.

- with files from The Canadian Press

Organizations: Environment Canada, Canadian Press

Geographic location: Cumberland County, AMHERST, Church Street New Brunswick Prince Edward Island Newfoundland

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