Maritime storm watch causes cancellations

The list of closures and cancellations across New Brunswick and Nova Scotia is piling up Wednesday as snow from a large storm begins to fall in Atlantic Canada.

Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for southern New Brunswick and Nova Scotia ahead of the expected morning snowfall. Some regions could get up to 30 centimetres. Ice pellets are also possible.

In P.E.I., up to 15 centimetres are expected in Queens and Kings counties through the afternoon and into the evening.

It's the same storm system that brought freezing rain and winds to parts of Ontario on Tuesday night, and is expected to drop more than 10 centimetres across southern Quebec.

People in Newfoundland and Labrador are also being warned to get ready for some nasty weather Wednesday night. The Burin and southern Avalon peninsulas could see up to 30 centimetres. Less snow is expected in St. John's, but a storm watch has been issued for the capital area as well.

By 7:30 a.m., there were reports of snow in many areas of mainland Nova Scotia, including Greenwood, Bridgetown and Annapolis Royal.

CBC meteorologist Kalin Mitchell said visibility was down to under two kilometres in Greenwood, N.S., and Saint John shortly before 8 a.m.

Compact snow cover and slush on the roads are also expected to make for dangerous driving conditions. Saint John police have already started responding to some fender benders during the morning commute.

Thousands of students in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are getting the day off.

Schools in Districts 6 and 8 in the Saint John area are closed, along with District 10 in the St. Stephen area, Sussex Christian School and the Valley Christian Academy.

NBCC in St. Andrews has also cancelled classes.

All schools in District 2 in the southeastern part of New Brunswick remain open, but officials are advising to watch for updates as there could be an early closure.

In Nova Scotia, schools in Digby, Yarmouth, Annapolis, Kings and West Hants counties are shut for the day. The Nova Scotia Community College has shut down several campuses in the Valley.

The storm is also having an effect on air travel.

In Saint John, Air Canada has cancelled the morning flight from Toronto, as well as the outgoing flight to Toronto at 11:20 a.m.

Salt trucks prepare for storm

Some public events have also been affected.

A public information session on Rabbit Brook trail in Moncton has been rescheduled for Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.,and the Pictou Garden Club meeting is cancelled. Chapel service at Acadia Divinity College is also cancelled.

NB Power and Nova Scotia Power are not currently reporting any outages, but high wind coupled with heavy snow on tree limbs and power lines could result in the loss of power.

Environment Canada officials say the snow will be heavy at times.

The southern half of New Brunswick, including Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton, could see between 15 and 25 centimetres. The Fundy coastline could experience heavy rain.

In Nova Scotia, the mainland could see between 15 and 30 centimetres of snow in the afternoon and overnight, while the Atlantic coast may also see heavy rain.

Contractors in Dartmouth were loading their trucks with salt at the depot early Wednesday.

Transportation officials are reminding motorists in both provinces they can call 511 for updates on road conditions.

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