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Updated: Sun, 15 Dec 2013 12:46:28 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Stay off stormy roads, police warn Maritimers



Lots of snow falling in Halifax. Courtesy Cynthia Dunlavy

Lots of snow falling in Halifax. Courtesy Cynthia Dunlavy

Stay home and off the roads, police are warning people in the Maritimes as a winter storm bears down on the region.

Thick snow is already falling in southwestern New Brunswick and parts of Nova Scotia. Between 15 and 30 centimetres of snow is expected for Nova Scotia as the system moves off the East Coast of the U.S. on Sunday morning and past Cape Breton later in the evening.

Similar snowfall amounts are expected for southern New Brunswick, while the province's Grand Manan area could get up to 40 centimetres.

About 15 to 25 centimetres of snow is expected for P.E.I.

CBC’s meteorologist Peter Coade said the storm is moving faster and tracking further north than earlier predicted. That means more of the Maritimes will see rain that's expected to follow the snow later Sunday afternoon.

Flights cancelled 

Dozens of flights at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the Fredericton International Airport and the Charlottetown Airport were cancelled as the provinces grappled with winds up to 90 km/h.

At the Halifax airport more than 30 flights are cancelled for Sunday morning and afternoon. Holiday travellers are being urged to call ahead to check on their flight's status.

The major airlines had been readjusting schedules well in advance of the storm.

Flights in and out of Moncton, Fredericton, Saint John, Charlottetown and Sydney are also severely impacted Sunday.

Maritime Bus, the interprovincial bus service, has delayed most of its runs in the region. 

Streets that have already been plowed in Saint John are slowly being covered back up in some sections as the wind shifts it around. 

Emergency workers are urging drivers to stay at home unless it’s urgent.

Fredericton Fire Services tweeted: “Unless you want to meet our fire crews the hard way drive for conditions. Or ideally stay home, warm and cozy."

People travelling by boat are not much better off. The ferries that usually make the crossings between P.E.I. and Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and Newfoundland and Digby and Saint John are all tied up Sunday.

Code said tides will be high in the Northumberland Strait and storm surge could become a factor.

About 2,000 customers lost power in the Halifax area just after 10 a.m. Nova Scotia Power hasn't said what caused the outage or when it will be back. By 11:30 a.m., only 657 people remained without power.

More than 400 people lost power in Sackville, N.B. Sunday. 

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