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A man clears his driveway in St. John’s, N.L., on Jan. 6, 2020.

Paul Daly/The Canadian Press

A snowstorm has descended on Atlantic Canada, forcing the closure of some schools and government offices.

Schools in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and southeastern New Brunswick did not open today.

The heavy, wet snow made driving treacherous in Halifax, where the morning commute was lighter than usual.

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Snowfall warnings are in effect for the eastern half of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, with the forecast calling for up to 35 centimetres of snow in some areas.

Strong northerly winds were expected to reach up to 70 kilometres per hour later in the day, reducing visibility.

Canada Post cancelled mail delivery in the Halifax-Dartmouth area for the day and said there would be delays in the rest of the province.

All public health appointments across P.E.I. were cancelled for the afternoon, and Health PEI encouraged the public to call ahead if they had any appointments.

Marine Atlantic cancelled late day ferry crossings between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and many flights in and out of Halifax Stanfield International Airport were cancelled or delayed.

Meanwhile, wind and winter storm warnings have been issued for large chunks of Newfoundland.

Residents on the eastern side of the island are stilling digging out from a storm on Monday and Tuesday that dumped more than 40 centimetres of snow on the Avalon Peninsula.

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Eastern Newfoundland was walloped with its first winter storm Sunday night, with high wind speeds affecting visibility and creating high snow drifts that greeted residents in the morning. The Canadian Press
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