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Winter storm blasts into Newfoundland

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HALIFAX -- A winter storm that blasted much of Eastern Canada moved into Newfoundland on Friday.

Environment Canada said the northeast coast and central parts of the island would see the highest accumulation of snow -- anywhere from 15 to 25 centimetres.

The forecast also called for wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour along the province's south coast.

The weather prompted Air Canada to advise travellers to expect delays and cancellations of flights to or from St. John's International Airport.

That also forced a handful of flight delays at other airports in the region, including Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

High winds and rough seas in the Cabot Strait also forced Marine Atlantic to tie up its vessels.

No daytime crossings to Nova Scotia were scheduled, although the ferry service was expected to resume with late sailings on Friday.

Meanwhile, rain and some freezing rain was forecast for areas of New Brunswick that were hit with up to 20 centimetres of snow on Thursday.

The region was expected to get a brief respite today before another storm was expected to push through on Sunday.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 29, 2012 A22

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