Weather conditions deteriorate rapidly in the Maritimes

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CHARLOTTETOWN - Blowing snow made for treacherous driving conditions across the Maritimes.
There were reports that scores of cars had slipped into ditches across Prince Edward Island.
Powerful westerly winds gusted at more than 70 kilometres per hour in and around Charlottetown and Summerside.
On the Confederation Bridge, certain vehicles were temporarily restricted from crossing, including high-sided vehicles, automobiles towing trailers, tractor trailers and buses.
All government offices and agencies, including liquor stores, were closed Tuesday afternoon.
In southern New Brunswick, heavy wet snow blanketed the region, leaving many roads slippery.
Police reported a number of accidents in the Fredericton region.
With the temperatures dropping and the wind picking up, the wind chill was expected to drop to about -30 C.
But the storm brought out the best in some people Tuesday.
Several motorists stopped to help to a fellow driver whose pickup went over a guard rail and rolled onto its roof in a gully in Fredericton.
Motorists who happened upon the scene got her out of the truck and back to the roadway where an off-duty nurse provided first aid until an ambulance arrived.
"There was a fantastic response. We must have had a dozen people that stopped there," said police Cpl. Tim Sowers. "It's nice to hear those things; everybody lent a hand."
The province's full fleet of 515 snowplows and graders was on the roads Tuesday.

Geographic location: CHARLOTTETOWN, Fredericton, Prince Edward Island Summerside New Brunswick

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