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Spring snowfall hits Maritimes, causes power outages

A runners heads through Point Pleasant Park in Halifax on Sunday April 8, 2012. The region was hit with a spring storm that delivered rain, sleet and up to 20 centimetres of snow.

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A spring storm cancelled Easter church services and caused power outages in parts of the Maritimes on Sunday.

Ian Hubbard, an Environment Canada meteorologist in Dartmouth, N.S., says more than 22 centimetres of snow fell in Moncton, N.B., while Charlottetown had to dig out of about 15 centimetres.

He says Nova Scotia's Colchester and Cumberland Counties saw 10 to 15 centimetres of snow, while Halifax and southern parts of the province were blanketed with five to 10 centimetres.

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The winter weather caused power outages in parts of New Brunswick, including Bathurst and Miramichi.

In Nova Scotia, RCMP were forced to call off the search for Brent Walton, a 33-year-old fisherman who has been missing since Friday after his boat capsized in a lake. The search will resume Monday.

The snow cancelled a number of Easter church services in all three provinces.

Mr. Hubbard says the storm was the result of a low pressure system that swept from northern Nova Scotia to eastern New Brunswick overnight Saturday.

But with warm temperatures slated for Monday, Mr. Hubbard says the snow will not be around for long.

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