01/26/2015 05:38 EST | Updated 03/28/2015 05:59 EDT

Maritime winter storm likely to cause travel cancellations

A low pressure system developing off the U.S. seaboard today has prompted weather warnings for much of the Maritimes.

Environment Canada is warning that a powerful storm expected to hit the eastern U.S. today is going to make its way northeastward towards the Maritimes Monday night and into Tuesday.

The storm is forecast to bring heavy snow and strong winds gusting up to 90 km/h, with higher gusts possible along the Fundy and Atlantic coasts. The winds combined with snow could cause visibility problems.

"Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve," according to a winter storm warning from Environment Canada. "Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow."

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are expected to get between 15 and 30 centimetres of snow on Tuesday. In Nova Scotia, that snow will mix or change to ice pellets by Tuesday afternoon.

CBC meteorologist Peter Coade said he expects the stormy weather to persist through Wednesday.

"The snowfall totals forecast in today’s weather for tomorrow are up to early tomorrow evening," Coade said.

"As the storm will continue tomorrow night and into Wednesday, more snow will fall as indicated herein. At this time, it is rather difficult to forecast with a great deal of accuracy the 18-hour snowfall after tomorrow evening."