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Winter storm warning now in effect for Halifax area (update)

Environment Canada is expecting hazardous driving conditions Wednesday as a winter storm is set to bring snow and powerful winds to the area
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Halifax City Hall during a snow storm (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

A winter storm warning is now in effect for the Halifax area.

Environment Canada is expecting hazardous driving conditions Wednesday as a winter storm is set to bring snow and powerful winds to the area.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, the national forecaster's hourly forecast shows the snow starting to fall at around 3 a.m.

Around 15 cm of snow is expected to fall in Halifax, which could be heavy at times, and mixed with strong easterly winds, visibility could be an issue for commuters.

By late morning, snow should change over to ice pellets, then freezing rain and rain by late afternoon.

Wind strength will build throughout the morning, reaching gusts of up to 80 km/h around noon.

"These strong winds in combination with the ice pellets will continue to make travel difficult Wednesday afternoon," said the weather advisory.

The storm is expected to be worse in other parts of the province. Northern Nova Scotia could get up to 25 cm of snow.

And wind warnings are in effect for Yarmouth, Digby and Shelburne counties where gusts of up to 100 km/h are in the forecast.

With the coming system already affecting the Great Lakes area, there are some cancelled and delayed flights at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

Halifax Regional Municipality will be enforcing their winter parking ban overnight into Wednesday.




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