01/22/2014 05:21 EST | Updated 03/24/2014 05:59 EDT

Schools closed as blizzard hits Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is slowing down to a halt ahead of a blizzard that's ready to hammer the region in two waves.

So far all public schools and most private schools are cancelled in the province. A few flights at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport have also been cancelled.

Environment Canada has issued a blizzard warning for most of mainland Nova Scotia on Wednesday with winds gusting up to 70 km/hour for some areas.

CBC meteorologist Kalin Mitchell said to expect between five and 10 centimetres of snow before 6 a.m., with the worst of the snow and blowing snow hitting the province between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The storm is expected to bring strong winds up to 70 km/h and snowfall amounts in the range of 20 to 30 centimetres for parts of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

People attempting the commute to work can expect a messy route.

So far these schools are cancelled:

- Halifax Regional School Board

- Chignecto Central Regional School Board

- South Shore Regional School Board

- Tri-County Regional School Board

- Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board

- Strait Regional School Board 

- Sandy Lake Academy in Bedford

- Maritime Muslim Academy

- Halifax Christian Academy

- Halifax Grammar School

- Halifax Independent School

- Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial in Clare, Argyle, Halifax, Greenwood, Truro 

- Sacred Heart School

- Ambrae Academy

These universities and colleges are closed:

- Saint Mary's University

- Mount Saint Vincent University

- All NSCC locations

- Acadia University 

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