Canada readies for another blast of winter weather
Canada is getting ready for another blast of winter weather, just in time for a White Christmas in a few days.
It is expected to start snowing again across Canada tonight and continue into Christmas Eve.
However, crews in Nova Scotia are still trying to get power back to thousands of customers from the first storm two days ago, as power lines were knocked down. About 20,000 people in Yarmouth, Shelburne and the Eastern Passage are still struggling with no power today and more bad weather is expected to come. At the peak of the storm, about 100,000 people did not have power.
According to NSP's website, a total of 25,487 customers across the province were without power as of 10:30 a.m. local time.
Power crews have been working since Monday, when strong winds, some of hurricane-strength, lashed the Maritimes -- snapping trees in half and stripping the siding from homes.
Murphy said crews have been working a "17-seven" shift since the storm -- 17 hours of work followed by a mandatory seven hours of rest.
"They did take some down time in the middle of last night and they're back up and at it today," she told CTV Newsnet.
NSP is hoping to have power restored to all areas by Tuesday night. Murphy said the most damage was caused by trees falling on power lines.
"They're out there with chainsaws today, the winds are down, it's bright sunshine so they should make some good progress," she said.
"...They're just going to be out there today pulling the trees off power lines and putting the wires back up."
In Vancouver, about 10 to 20 centimetres is expected to fall, and the city is already experiencing transit problems this morning.
In the Greater Toronto Area, as a fourth storm is expected to fall tonight, and this could affect flights in and out of Pearson International Airport as travellers stuggle to get to their Christmas destination.
More than 50 flights that were scheduled to leave Calgary yesterday were delayed and 16 were cancelled, and the delays are expected to continue today.
As the snow continues to fall on Canadian cities, airports have had to close some runways, but they are hoping to clear as much of the backlog as they can today, before the storms come back tonight.
Both Air Canada and West-Jet have put on extra flights to deal with all the back-log, and while some cities are used to this kind of winter weather, cities such as Vancouver, are not.
RCMP are still warning however, that unless people have to travel by car, to stay home, or try and use tranist - that is of course, if it is running...