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Updated: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:38:13 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Maritime provinces brace for more bad weather



A storm swept across the Maritimes Sunday, bringing rain, freezing rain and snow. Slick roads made for poor driving conditions on Highway 7 in New Brunswick. Matt Bingley/CBC

A storm swept across the Maritimes Sunday, bringing rain, freezing rain and snow. Slick roads made for poor driving conditions on Highway 7 in New Brunswick. Matt Bingley/CBC

A storm crossing the Maritime provinces Sunday is dumping rain and freezing rain in many parts of the region, while some areas of New Brunswick are expected to get up to 45 centimetres of snow.

Air Canada and WestJet have issued travel alerts and say flights in and out of the Maritimes could be delayed or cancelled because of bad weather.

In Saint John, basements have started to flood. Fire officials say the ground is still frozen and is not absorbing the rain.

And in Nova Scotia more than 6,000 customers lost power Sunday afternoon, primarily in Halifax and the Windsor area.

Environment Canada meteorologist Carmen Hartt says the storm is slow moving, and with temperatures hovering around zero there will be a mix of precipitation in the region.

"We’ve got warnings everywhere in the Maritimes, from rainfall to blizzard warnings," she said.

Flooding

In southern parts of New Brunswick, officials are urging residents to watch out for flooding. The forecast calls for rain and freezing rain in those regions, which could lead to ice buildup. 

The province’s River Watch program says there could be localized flooding in parts of southern New Brunswick.

In Saint John, city officials have urged people in low-lying areas to make sure eavestroughs, catch basins and ditches are clear of debris.

Environment Canada says northern New Brunswick should be prepared for blizzard conditions and zero visibility. Forecasters call for "dangerous winter weather conditions" in Fredericton and surrounding areas.

Parts of New Brunswick saw some freezing rain overnight and roads are slippery.

In Saint John a vehicle rolled over on Highway 1 near the Ashburn Lake Road exit. The driver was taken to hospital with what police say are minor injuries.

Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island should expect rain and freezing rain, according to Environment Canada. Up to 70 millimetres of rain is expected in some areas.

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