Via CP24.com: Cancellations, closures mount in Atlantic Canada in anticipation of fierce storm. Excerpt:
HALIFAX -- Schools and government offices are closed and flights are being cancelled today in parts of Atlantic Canada as a powerful spring blizzard began its push through the region.
Significant snow is forecast for all four provinces, but Nova Scotia and P.E.I. are expected to see the biggest accumulation with up to 40 to 50 centimetres predicted for some parts of the two provinces.
While New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador are expected to get less snow the entire region has been warned about potentially damaging winds in excess of 100 kilometres per hour that could cause widespread whiteout conditions.
In western Newfoundland, where strong winds are common, Environment Canada says gusts could peak at 160 km/h and even higher in the notorious Wreckhouse area.
In Nova Scotia, some government services and offices have been closed as a precautionary measure.
Schools were closed in parts of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, and airports in Fredericton and Halifax were showing several cancellations.
Sean Irvine, director of provincial operations with the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office, encouraged people to stay home.
"Stay off the roads to allow snow clearance operations to be undertaken efficiently and so we can keep people safe," said Irvine.
Environment Canada has warned residents along Nova Scotia's coastline to stay away from the water and prepare for potentially damaging storm surges.
Irvine said the biggest potential for storm surge was along the province's South Shore and along the Northumberland Strait in the northeast, where the surge was expected to coincide with high tide in the evening.
"The icing conditions up there do make it a bit unpredictable as to what the impacts will be, whether there will be ice pushed ashore that could complicate issues," he said.