Power outages piling up in Maritimes as massive storm shuts down provinces

A massive winter storm making its way through the Maritimes is shutting down roads, ferries and air service, and tens of thousands of power customers, mostly in Nova Scotia, are without electricity.​

Depending on where you live, the storm is bringing rain, snow or ice pellets or all three.

Conditions were expected deteriorate quickly through the afternoon, with strong winds being the main concern.

Most of the region will see gusts of between 80 km/h and 110 km/h, but the Cape Breton highlands could get gusts of up to 160 km/h.

The eye of the storm is on track to reach southwest Nova Scotia late this evening. It will then cross the Bay of Fundy into southern New Brunswick and onto P.E.I. overnight before exiting the Maritimes into the Gulf of St. Lawrence tomorrow morning. The storm will then move on to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Schools and businesses are closed and flights and ferries are cancelled across the Maritimes on Canada’s East Coast.

The entire provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are under winter storm warnings.

In New Brunswick, blizzard-like conditions have hit parts of the province. Total snowfall amounts of 25 to 45 centimetres were expected.

Central and eastern P.E.I. could see between 10 to 20 centimetres of snow and ice pellets before the switch to rain, but Prince County may get hit by the brunt of the storm, with even higher snowfall amount.

Nova Scotia is set to receive the full range of winter weather: snow, rain, wind and storm surges.