NEWS
10/30/2011 04:15 EDT | Updated 12/30/2011 05:12 EST

Atlantic Canada To Be Hit By Massive Snowstorm That Slammed The Eastern U.S.

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HALIFAX - An unseasonably early snowstorm that has pounded the U.S northeast is making its way through parts of Atlantic Canada.

Heavy rainfall soaked much of the Maritimes while snow fell in parts of New Brunswick, as far south as Saint John.

Meteorologist Jeffrey Hilliard says the major concern is a mix of rain, snow and high winds that are causing hazardous driving conditions in some areas.

The City of Saint John sent out a notice urging drivers to use caution as crews were heading out to sand and salt the city's roads.

RCMP in eastern Prince Edward Island reported that a driver was killed near Pooles Corner on Route 3 early on Sunday.

Police say road conditions were a factor in the death, along with the lack of a seatbelt and the high speed of the car.

In addition, the Confederation Bridge sent out an advisory that due to strong winds the bridge was closed to cars towing trailers, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, trucks and buses.

In Nova Scotia, the Englishtown ferry — a short crossing across St. Ann's Bay in northern Cape Breton — shut down due to strong coastal waves.

Environment Canada says a low pressure system will pass along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia late this afternoon and track toward Newfoundland Sunday night.

About 60 millimetres of rain was expected by this evening for most of Nova Scotia.

Parts of New Brunswick are under a snowfall warning, with Fredericton and area expecting up to 15 centimetres of snow.

Meanwhile, four U.S. states have declared emergencies, and the storm is being blamed for at least three deaths south of the border.

The severe weather has also knocked out power to millions and snarled air and highway travel from Maryland to Maine.

Numerous flights between Canada and many U.S. cities including Washington, New York and Chicago, have been cancelled.