Winter storm brings snow, rain, high winds through Atlantic Canada

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, as well as police, are warning of slick driving conditions, high winds, and reduced visibility as a powerful winter storm rolls through the region.

Heavy snow, heavy rain, and freezing rain are being reported throughout central and northern Nova Scotia late Thursday afternoon, with winds picking up in many areas.

New Glasgow Police are warning drivers to exercise caution if you have to be out on the roads.

Constable Ken MacDonald says there's been reduced visibility in areas with strong winds, and night time will just make those conditions worse.

Schools, offices, and businesses throughout the region were closed on Thursday in anticipation of the storm.

Power outages began popping up in Nova Scotia around noon, with over 30,000 homes and businesses affected around 4 p.m.

Enviromment Canada is calling for another 5 to 15 cm of snow and ice pellets in the evening before switching to 10 to 20 mm of rain, and the temperature rises to eight degrees before dropping overnight.