Winter storm expected to dump more than 30 cm of snow

A massive winter storm could dump more than a foot of snow across much of the province Saturday night.

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for all of mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton.

Forecasters say snow will begin over southwestern Nova Scotia Saturday afternoon and spread over the rest of the province by evening.

Most regions will see between 30 and 40 centimetres before it ends Sunday morning, including Cumberland, Colchester, Hants and Pictou counties.

Eastern areas will see 20 to 30 centimetres of snow before it changes through ice pellets or freezing rain to rain by Sunday morning.

Forecasters say strong northeasterly winds are also expected to bring blowing snow.

Environment Canada says residents should consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.