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Winter storm brings heavy snow, ice pellets and strong winds to Nova Scotia

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WATCH: A winter storm brought a messy mix of heavy snow, ice pellets and strong winds across Nova Scotia on Wednesday. Alexa MacLean has the details – Feb 13, 2019

A winter storm is walloping Nova Scotia Wednesday, bringing along with it significant snowfall, ice pellets and strong winds.

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for much of the province, including metro Halifax. The national forecaster is calling for significant snowfall, strong winds and ice pellets. Total snow and ice pellet amounts of 15 to 25 cm are expected by late this afternoon in Halifax.

Snow began falling early in the morning, and has prompted closures and delays throughout the province.

WATCH: Jeremy Keefe gives us the weather forecast for the Maritimes for Feb. 13.

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School closures have been announced across the province, including all schools in the Halifax area.

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Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University and Saint Mary’s University have closed their campuses Wednesday. Meanwhile, St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S. will delay opening until 5 p.m.

Halifax Regional Municipality had already announced ahead of the anticipated storm that all municipal offices would be closed Wednesday.

Essential services, 311, winter operations, solid waste collection and Halifax Transit remain operational, although staffing resources may be adjusted.

Meanwhile, provincial government offices will remain open. In a news release, the province says decisions regarding court operations will be made on a case-by-case basis and anyone with matters before the court should check with their lawyer or call the courthouse to confirm whether a specific court is open.

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Halifax Stanfield International Airport was showing multiple flight delays and cancellations Wednesday morning. The airport is asking passengers to check with their airlines before heading out to the airport.

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