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The east coast is in for a messy mix of snow, rain and freezing rain.

STORM WATCH: Snow, ice pellets and freezing rain targets Eastern Canada

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Saturday, December 21, 2013, 1:53 PM -

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The potentially severe storm targeting Ontario and Quebec Saturday night is targeting the Maritimes right after, bringing extended periods of freezing rain or ice pellets to Nova Scotia, along with snow in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Periods of freezing rain are already expected ahead of the system Saturday, and freezing rain and/or ice pellets will fall until late Sunday evening.

Environment Canada says the Annapolis Valley and and central areas of the province could see more than 12 hours of freezing rain, up to 40 mm, with rain falling elsewhere.

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The freezing rain will also affect the southwest of New Brunswick, up to 30 mm worth. 

But much of the rest of New Brunswick will see snow from this system. Between Saturday morning and Sunday evening, up to 25 cm could accumulate, along with up to 20 cm in Prince Edward Island. Much of Newfoundland is also on track to receive up to 10 cm of snow.

Dozens of flights at airports throughout the region, including the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, were delayed or cancelled Saturday afternoon. 

RCMP were advising people to travel with extreme care on roads. 

The severe weather warnings -- including snow, ice pellets and freezing rain -- extended across much of Eastern Canada on Saturday to southern Ontario.

Weather warnings were widespread through the three provinces Saturday morning.

Messy weather on Saturday morning, even before the main system arrives, has caused travel concerns, and as with Ontario and Quebec, major power outages could ensue.

Be sure to check road and weather conditions, and avoid unnecessary travel.

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