Snow covers sculptures in Saint John, N.B., on Wednesday. ((CBC))

Maritimers were digging out Thursday after a storm dropped nearly 30 centimetres of snow in some parts of the region.

By Thursday morning, snowfall warnings for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. had ended as the storm moved northeast toward Newfoundland.

"Snow has already begun for southeastern Newfoundland and will continue to spread throughout the day," said CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe.

She said some parts of the province — the Avalon and Burin peninsulas — could get nearly 25 centimetres.


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Snowfall amounts on Wednesday varied across the Maritimes.

In Nova Scotia, Kejimkujik National Park, in the province's south, got 29 centimetres, while the more central community of Martock, home to the Ski Martock resort, got 22 centimetres, and Kentville 21. The Halifax Stanfield International Airport reported only about eight centimetres, while some parts of Dartmouth got 14.

On P.E.I., between 15 and 20 centimetres fell overnight.

Environment Canada said the largest snowfall in New Brunswick was in Moncton, where 25 centimetres fell.

More than a dozen flights in and out of Halifax were cancelled Thursday morning as the airport dealt with a backlog from Wednesday.

A New Minas family made the treacherous journey to the airport overnight, only to discover the cancellations Thursday.


Nearly 30 centimetres of snow fell in parts of Nova Scotia. ((CBC))

"My mother was home for the holidays from Calgary," said Melissa Connors. "We left our house about midnight to drive her here from New Minas.

"It's normally a 45-minute drive. It took us a little over two hours to get here and we've been sitting here ever since."

Connors said the drive from New Minas was "horrible" and the fastest she could drive was 40 kilometres an hour.

"One way or another I was bringing her to drop her off," Connors said, as her mother started to laugh. "I love her but I wanted her to go home."

Most early morning flights out of the Greater Moncton International Airport were delayed or cancelled. At the Charlottetown Airport, the 6 a.m. flight to Montreal was cancelled, but other flights were listed as on time.

There were also scattered power outages. More than 4,600 Nova Scotia Power customers were without electricity at 8 a.m.