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Heavy, wet snow causes slippery conditions on Nova Scotia roads

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Nova Scotia as snow, rain and winds cause poor road conditions and reduced visibility.

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Power outages reported as slushy snow blankets much of the province

Heavy, wet snow blanketing much of the province is causing slippery conditions on roads and reduced visibility.

Environment Canada has released a special weather statement about Thursday’s snowfall, which could reach up to 10 centimetres in inland areas and over higher terrain. Snow is expected to turn to rain along the coast with 20 to 40 millimetres expected.

“In addition, strong northeasterly winds gusting to 80 km/h will persist this afternoon and then become northerly this evening,” the weather statement said.

Nova Scotia Power reported over 18,500 customers had lost power by 3:30 p.m. AT.

“There’s a lot of heavy, wet snow out there and that’s causing some branches to come in contact with our lines, so we’ve got lots of crews out tending to the outages,” said spokesperson Andrea Anderson.

RCMP are asking drivers to slow down and exercise caution as the snow accumulates.

Here’s what we’re seeing on Highway 102 near the airport in <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Halifax?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#Halifax</a>. Reduce your speeds and maintain a good amount of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. <a href=”https://t.co/qJcqMhjND5″>pic.twitter.com/qJcqMhjND5</a>

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Halifax police have also urged motorists not to use cruise control during the slippery conditions.

“If your vehicle slips or skids while in cruise control, it will accelerate and spin the wheels, making it more likely that you will lose control of the vehicle,” a tweet from Halifax Regional Police said Thursday afternoon.

Runways at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport were closed due to “deteriorating weather conditions,” the airport advised around 4 p.m.

Rain in Cape Breton on Thursday is expected to turn to flurries by Friday afternoon, said Environment Canada. On Saturday, snowfall amounts of five to 10 centimetres are expected there.

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