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Flights cancelled as winter storm heads for Atlantic Canada

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for large swathes of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Southern and eastern Nova Scotia could see 15 to 25 cm of snow and wind gusts of 60 to 80 km/h as the powerful storm hits the province Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning. The highest snowfall is expected along the Atlantic coast.

Even more snow is anticipated in Newfoundland, with 30 to 50 cm in the forecast and the possibility of larger amounts in some areas. The storm is expected to impact Newfoundland from Wednesday morning until early Friday, with the heaviest snow arriving by Wednesday night.

“Strong winds and fresh snow will likely give whiteout conditions to some areas,” Environment Canada warned. “Winter storm warnings are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.”

The hazardous winter conditions are being caused by a passing nor’easter, which is a type of North Atlantic cyclone. The storm is also sweeping across the northeastern U.S., causing some airlines to cancel flights to and from cities like New York, New Jersey, Boston and Philadelphia. Airlines have also cancelled several flights to and from Halifax.

As much as 80 cm of snow fell on Nova Scotia earlier in the month.

This is a developing story and will be updated

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