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Blizzard blasts into Newfoundland

Blizzard blasts into NewfoundlandHarley, a Vizsla, displays his athleticism as his owners Darrin and Lorie Campbell clear their driveway in Dartmouth, N.S. on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. A major winter storm swept through Atlantic Canada on the weekend causing power outages, disrupting travel and forcing event cancellations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

HALIFAX - A winter storm storm that hammered the Maritimes on Saturday is now swirling east across Newfoundland bringing high winds and heaps of snow.

Environment Canada metereologist Jeremy March says central Newfoundland has already been hit with 33 centimetres of snow, and can expect up to another 20 cm as snow continues to blow in.

St. John's is digging out from 23 cm of snow that fell Sunday morning, an amount that could double as the storm cuts to the island's east coast before breaking up after midnight.

Wind gusts of more than 100 kilometres an hour are expected to pummel the country's easternmost province after ripping through parts of the Maritimes Saturday.

March says the system is a fusion of an Alberta clipper that dumped up to 40 cm of snow in southern Ontario on Friday and a low pressure system that moved up the eastern seaboard.

Several departures and arrivals have already been cancelled at St. John’s International Airport while Marine Atlantic has suspended ferry service between North Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Port aux Basques, N.L.

March says the Newfoundland blizzard should be the last gasp for the storm after it blanketed much of Nova Scotia, as well as parts of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island on Saturday.

Nova Scotia Power said more than 20,000 customers were without electricity at one point on Saturday, but by early Sunday morning all but a handful had been re-connected.

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