Region blasted by winter storm

Barb Rayner/Courier Gordon Cunningham clears some of the deep snow in front of his home on Pancake Hill Road in St. George Thursday afternoon.

Charlotte County – The intense winter storm battering the region has already resulted in the cancellation of ferry crossings to Grand Manan and impacted the delivery of gasoline to Saint Andrews.

No warming centres have yet to be activated since no power outages have been reported.

Ferry services to Grand Manan were suspended shortly before 8 a.m.

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Regional EMO coordinator Brent Whelan said because of extreme high tides and winds, Coastal Transport decided to suspend the ferry crossings with the vessel in port on the island until weather conditions improved.

Whelan said he received word from Saint Andrews that the Irving gas station there was not anticipating any fuel deliveries as the company may have suspended deliveries until after the storm. He said Irving was “keenly aware” of the need and is organizing to get fuel to the community as soon as possible.

Reports to Whelan from St. George indicate NB Power staff members were at the upper dam this morning working to clear ice from the gates in preparation to open them if the area receives sufficient melt due to the rain that is predicted.

The storm system is tracking near the Bay of Fundy and brings with it heavy and blowing snow.

The snow is expected to change to a mixture of freezing rain and ice pellets and finally to rain over easternmost regions of the province. Total snowfall amounts of 25 to 45 cms are expected. Parts of the Fundy region will receive rainfall totals from 20 to 30 mms.

Winds will shift to strong northwesterlies early Friday.

Motorists are advised to stay off highways and streets. Residents are encouraged to make sure they have a 72 hour emergency kit, including food, water and medicines, in case of power outages.