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Updated: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:13:22 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Schools closed as blizzard hits Nova Scotia

All bundled up in Halifax for the frosty morning walk. CBC

All bundled up in Halifax for the frosty morning walk. CBC

Nova Scotia is slowing down to a halt ahead of a blizzard that's ready to hammer the region in two waves.

So far all public schools and most private schools are cancelled in the province. A few flights at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport have also been cancelled. ​Marine Atlantic has cancelled its crossing from North Sydney and southern Newfoundland.

Environment Canada has issued a blizzard warning for most of mainland Nova Scotia on Wednesday with winds gusting up to 70 km/hour for some areas.

CBC meteorologist Kalin Mitchell said to expect between five and 10 centimetres of snow before 6 a.m., with the worst of the snow and blowing snow hitting the province between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The storm is expected to bring strong winds up to 70 km/h and snowfall amounts in the range of 20 to 30 centimetres for parts of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

People attempting the commute to work can expect a messy route.

So far these schools are cancelled:

- Halifax Regional School Board

- Chignecto Central Regional School Board

- South Shore Regional School Board

- Tri-County Regional School Board

- Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board

- Strait Regional School Board 

- Sandy Lake Academy in Bedford

- Maritime Muslim Academy

- Halifax Christian Academy

- Halifax Grammar School

- Halifax Independent School

- Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial in Clare, Argyle, Halifax, Greenwood, Truro 

- Sacred Heart School

- Ambrae Academy

These universities and colleges are closed:

- Saint Mary's University

- Mount Saint Vincent University

- All NSCC locations

- Acadia University 

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