01/29/2014 05:47 EST | Updated 03/31/2014 05:59 EDT

Snowfall closes many schools in N.S. before hitting Newfoundland

Several school boards in Nova Scotia have cancelled classes today as a brief snowfall moves through the Maritimes and onto Newfoundland and Labrador.

So far schools in these areas are closed:

- Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board.

- Annapolis Valley Regional School Board. 

- Strait Regional School Board .

- Tri-County Regional School Board.

- South Shore Regional School Board.

- Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial in Clare, Argyle, Metro, Truro and Greenwood.

- Ecole de la Riv Sud.

​The Chignecto Central School Board is cancelling classes in Pictou, Colchestor and Hants East.  

Schools in Cumberland County will stay open.

The Halifax Regional School Board is open, but buses are cancelled and high school exams scheduled for today will be written Thursday.

CBC meteorologist Jim Abraham said about five to 10 centimetres of "fluffy light" snow will fall in Nova Scotia on Wednesday. Close to 15 centimetres could coat the Atlantic Coast.

The temperature will feel like -12 C at times.

He said wind will be relatively light, minimizing the chance of blowing snow.

Abraham said the system will pass fairly quickly and the snow will end by Wednesday night.

The same system will dust southern New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island with a few centimetres of snow.

Thursday is expected to be mainly sunny in the Maritimes.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for parts Newfoundland and Labrador. Heavy snow is expected to start falling around noon. About 10 to 15 centimetres is predicted for St. John's.