Nova Scotia pounded by major winter storm that blankets province in 30cm of snow

HALIFAX — is getting pounded with an intense winter storm today, 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.

 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew VaughanA 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.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew VaughanTHE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew VaughanA cyclist travels in Halifax on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Heavy snow and winds are buffeting parts of Nova Scotia with zero visibility and poor travel conditions.

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 CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew VaughanTHE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew VaughanPedestrians cross the street in Halifax on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Heavy snow and winds are buffeting parts of Nova Scotia with zero visibility and poor travel conditions.

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

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