"Buses have been pulled off the roads in Halifax, malls and liquor stores are closed as well," says Nathan Coleman. "Stay safe and stay home!"
Coleman remains in the thick of the storm where conditions are strong enough to knock his hat off. Take a look:
11:00 a.m. ADT: TRAVEL COMPLICATIONS BEGIN
"The only things moving on the airfield are the plows," tweeted Halifax Airport.
Strong winds and blowing snow have already resulted in near whiteout conditions and dangerous travel.
Once finished their routes, Metro Transit buses in Halifax will stay off the roads until further notice, officials say.
Nathan Coleman gives us perspective of the howling winds from the Halifax waterfront. The gusty conditions have completely muffled his audio.
We're thinking this is how many Atlantic Canadians will spend their day today.
10:30 a.m ADT: STORM STARTS TO INTENSIFY
Winds have started to pick up across the Maritimes with gusts over 70 km/h reported in some places.
"This is nothing though," says Weather Network meteorologist Jaclyn Whittal. "Wind gusts will be double these amounts over the next several hours."
Our extensive team coverage continues...
9:25 a.m. ADT: PREPARE FOR POWER OUTAGES
Fire officials are warning residents to prepare for possible power outages with this storm. Now would be a good time to round up all your batteries in case the power goes out.
If the power goes out, do NOT use generators or BBQ's inside, Halifax Fire warns.
If you lose power, we would encourage you to use flashlights and battery operated lamps. Avoid candles whenever possible. #firehazard...— Halifax Fire (@hfxfire) March 26, 2014
Halifax Fire has also asked for your help in clearing snow from any nearby fire hydrants.
"It could save a life," officials say.
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