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Nor'easter set to bury Maritimes

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HALIFAX -- A "powerful" winter storm was headed to the Maritimes Saturday, with as much as 40 centimetres of snow expected to hammer parts of Nova Scotia, Environment Canada said.

Meteorologist Andy Firth said the nor'easter would bring snow, blowing snow and rain to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, as well as southern and eastern New Brunswick.

Firth said a "swath of snow" could dump more than 40 centimetres on northern Nova Scotia and in the Annapolis Valley.

Flurries were expected to begin over the western Maritimes on Saturday evening, with heavy snow beginning around midnight and continuing until around noon Sunday.

Wind warnings were in effect for northern Nova Scotia, with gusts of 90 km/h expected Sunday morning.

Storm surge warnings had also been issued for northern Nova Scotia and along the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, where high water levels and strong winds were expected to produce pounding surf.

Eastern Canada had just finished cleaning up after being blasted by another winter storm late last week.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 30, 2012 A6

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