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Storm hits Maritimes

It's no April Fool's Day joke; another winter storm has hit the Maritime provinces.
A van went into the ditch as snow made driving treacherous in Fredericton. ((Jeremy Wheaton))

It's no April Fool's Day joke; another winter storm has hit the Maritime provinces.

In New Brunswick,  4,900 people were without power Friday evening. The areas most affected were Moncton, Shediac, St. Stephen and Fredericton.

Nova Scotia Power reported about 100 power outages in Bedford and Sackville Friday evening.

The New Brunswick RCMP is warning drivers to slow down, saying the roads are already snow-covered and extremely slippery in some areas.

Officers have responded to several accidents on Highway 7, between Fredericton and Saint John. There are also reports of accidents on Highway 1, west of Saint John.

Environment Canada has issued several severe weather warning watches in the region, with as much as 30 cm of snow forecasted in some areas.

The storm, which brushed southern Ontario Thursday, is also expected to bring a mixed bag of precipitation, as well as strong winds.

In New Brunswick, a snowfall warning is in place for southern parts of the province. About 15 to 20 cm is expected to fall, with up to 30 cm possible in Saint John.

Heavy snowfall is expected in the evening, switching to rain overnight.

A snowfall warning has also been issued for western P.E.I. The snow started in the afternoon, bringing up to 15 cm, then was expected to turn to rain around midnight.

In Nova Scotia, wind and rain warnings have been issued. Cape Breton could see potentially hazardous Les Suetes winds, gusting to 140 km/h in the evening, along with rain, snow, and ice pellets.

The southwestern regions of the province will also see wind gusts of up to 100 km/h.

Coastal sections of the southwest will also get up to 25 mm of rain, while further inland, rain is expected to mix with snow during the afternoon.