Nova Scotia winter storm blankets province with 10 to 35 cm expected

Between 10 and 35 centimetres of snow is expected in Nova Scotia today, and with windy conditions and poor visibility, police are advising people to stay off the roads in some areas.

Environment Canada says snow will ease off in the afternoon and evening as storm moves toward Newfoundland

Environment Canada says snow will continue through the afternoon but it should clear in the Halifax area by this evening. (Stephanie vanKampen/CBC)

A nor'easter is blanketing Nova Scotia in snow and police are warning people to stay off the roads as high winds are creating treacherous driving conditions in some areas. 

Between 10 and 35 centimetres of snow is expected to fall through the day Saturday. 

The province's Department of Transportation has reported whiteouts on some roads but says conditions are clearing as the storm moves eastward.

Environment Canada has a winter storm warning in effect for the eastern half of the province, including all of Cape Breton. Northeast winds will gust to 80 km/h in some areas. 

The weather service says the storm will continue into the afternoon and evening and it warns the heavy snow and winds could create zero visibility and poor travel conditions. 

Nova Scotia RCMP say there have been a handful of minor collisions but no serious injuries. 

"Monitor the weather, monitor the road conditions. If your travel is non-essential, postpone it until a later date," RCMP Const. Jennifer Clarke said Saturday morning. 

Crews are working to clear roads and highways as a storm moves eastward across the province. (Stephanie vanKampen/CBC)

Messy road conditions

The weather has delayed or cancelled some flights at the Stanfield International Airport. People are advised to check with their airlines before heading to the airport. 

Cape Breton Regional Police are asking people to stay off the roads until the storm dies down. 

Saturday morning, Halifax Regional Police say a person was taken to hospital to be assessed after a collision near exit 13 inbound on Highway 118.

Salt trucks have been on the road since 5 a.m., the transportation department says. 

Mike Williams, who has been plowing city streets for 25 years, says the light snow has made for relatively easy street clearing. (CBC)

Parking bans in effect

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality pulled buses off the road at 11 a.m. due to deteriorating conditions. It also put its overnight parking ban into effect. 

The snow started to ease off in Halifax shortly after noon and Halifax Transit went back to regular routes. However, the municipality says the parking ban in Halifax will be in place from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

Plow operator Mike Williams cancelled plans to play in a hockey tournament when he got called in to work. He says the snow has made for easy clearing. 

"It's really light, dry plus the temperature is getting warmer now, so the salt has a chance to work pretty good," he said. 

"[The roads] are passable with caution, just watch your speed." 

The overnight parking ban on streets in Halifax and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality will be effect tonight. (Ken MacIntosh/CBC)

Storm moving toward Newfoundland

Marine Atlantic has cancelled four sailings between Port Aux Basques, N.L., and North Sydney, N.S. Ferries scheduled to cross the Cabot Strait Saturday have been postponed until Sunday morning. 

The storm is expected to move toward Newfoundland on Saturday night. Environment Canada says snow will taper off in the afternoon and evening but the winds will continue, which could lead to ongoing poor visibility.  

About 58 customers in Antigonish Landing have been without electricity since 6:30 a.m. A Nova Scotia Power spokeswoman says crews don't know if the problem is related to the storm but they are on site.

"It's all underground cable there and it takes time for the crews to be able to test each of those units," Bev Ware said. 

The utility is hoping to fix the problem by 6:15 p.m. Ware says crews are also on standby in case the high winds and heavy snow knock down any lines.

With files from Stephanie vanKampen


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