Storm leaves thousands of Maritimers without power, closes schools and halts flights

The region's third Nor'easter in less than a week has left thousands without power,  flights grounded, schools cancelled and a lot of shovelling for residents to do this morning.

It's a snow day for students across New Brunswick, as both the Anglophone and Francophone Schools have closed all schools as a result of the storm.
UNB and STU have delayed opening until 11:30 this morning. NBCC Fredericton is expected to open at 11:30.

RCMP have been warning motorists that travel on most highways across the region isn't recommended.

Airlines cancelled flights ahead of the storm, and no flights are arriving or leaving Fredericton international this morning.

Bus users may have to find another way to get around this morning or delay their plans in the capital region. Fredericton Transit won't be running until 10:15 from Kings Place this morning.

Hydro repair crews were fanning out across the Maritimes as another storm arrived with the heavy snow, damaging winds and pounding surf.
There are about 5400 NB Power customers off the grid this morning, while there are around 6-thousand on the Island and Nova Scotia Power said there around 51,000 homes and businesses without electricity.

 Environment Canada has issued a slew of warnings, saying up to 25 centimetres of snow was expected in some areas through today.
 Agency meteorologist Ian Hubbard says 20 to 25 centimetres of snow was expected in New Brunswick, with up to 40 centimetres possible in some areas.