Maritimes getting walloped by Sunday blizzard
P.E.I. under blizzard warning, while Nova Scotia is expected to get a little bit of everything
Much of the Maritimes are under blizzard, snowfall, winter storm or rainfall warnings Sunday as a winter storm is walloping the region.
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In Nova Scotia, the entire province faces a weather warning, with all four labels touching different parts of the province. In Halifax, Environment Canada issued a winter storm warning and is calling for 15 to 30 centimetres of snow today, as well as some ice pellets or freezing rain. In Sydney, 25 to 45 centimetres of snow is expected.
All of P.E.I. is under a blizzard warning from Environment Canada. The province is expected to be hit with 30 to 40 centimetres of snow.
In New Brunswick, blizzard and snowfall warnings are in place for most of the province. Blizzard warnings are in effect for Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton, and all three cities could see 25 to 45 centimetres of snow.
Warnings to stay home
Halifax Regional Police have advised people to stay home unless they have to go out. Police are reporting that multiple vehicles have become stuck on city streets, as well as ramps on and off Highway 102. This is creating a difficult situation for police and tow truck operators.
The storm is causing travel headaches across the Maritimes.
In New Brunswick, many flights in and out of the Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton airports are cancelled.
Princess of Acadia ferry sailings between Saint John and Digby, N.S., have also been cancelled for the day, due to the weather.
At the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, most flights are delayed or cancelled, but a few flights are still planned to go ahead.
In Cape Breton, police are asking drivers to stay off the road unless absolutely necessary.
In Halifax, buses were ordered to pull over to the side of the road until conditions improved, but they have since resumed service, although a route to the airport remains shutdown. The Alderney Ferry is operating on a regular schedule.
At the Charlottetown Airport, most flights are cancelled.
About 1,700 Nova Scotia Power customers are without power in the Bridgewater and Liverpool areas.
NB Power is reporting about 1,100 customers do not have electricity, mostly in the St. Stephen and Fredericton areas.