Parts of P.E.I. experiencing white outs, but major storm will not hit

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A motorist digs out a car in Halifax on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Heavy snow and winds are buffeting parts of Nova Scotia with zero visibility and poor travel conditions.

P.E.I. misses brunt of major nor'easter passing close to Nova Scotia

The RCMP on Prince Edward island is advising that there are whiteout conditions in parts of the province and are warning drivers to be cautious.

These conditions are the result of a intense nor’easter passing close to Nova Scotia today.

The provincial department of transportation says that most roads west of Borden/Carleton are bare while the roads east are partly to snow covered.



Environment Canada says the Island will get less than 10 centimetres of snow and the strongest winds will be gusting to 70 km/h late this afternoon and through the evening.

Meanwhile, Nova Scotia is getting pounded by the storm, grounding flights and making for hazardous driving conditions across the province.

The worst of the storm had already swept by southwestern and central Nova Scotia by Saturday morning, but northeastern parts of the province are still under a winter storm warning.

Environment Canada says up to 30 centimetres of snow is expected in parts of the province by Saturday evening, with northeast winds gusting up to 80 kilometres an hour.

A slew of flights at Halifax Stanfield International Airport are cancelled or delayed, and police are advising people in Cape Breton to stay off the roads.

The national weather forecaster says the storm will head to Newfoundland this afternoon, with up to 10 centimetres of snow expected before changing to heavy rain.


Organizations: Environment Canada, RCMP, Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward island, Cape Breton Newfoundland

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