Snowstorm closes schools across province


A snowstorm that blanketed Nova Scotia overnight closed schools across the province.

All the regional education centers as well as the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial have canceled classes for the day, and several universities have closed or delayed the opening this morning.

Many daycares, government offices and businesses are also closed or have delayed openings.

Snow began in the southwestern part of the province on Wednesday and spread eastward throughout the evening.

According to CBC meteorologist Tina Simpkin, an additional five to ten centimeters of snow is possible today on mainland Nova Scotia, and an additional 10 to 20 centimeters in Cape Breton.

Strong northeast winds will blow over the snow creating poor visibility with the strongest winds expected in Cape Breton and the eastern continent.

Snow started in southwestern Nova Scotia on Wednesday and spread eastward throughout the evening. Halifax Public Gardens are closed Thursday. (Brett Ruskin / CBC)

Winds will be 30 km / h gusting to 60 km / h over the mainland, then weaken to 20 km / h gusting to 40 km / h this afternoon. Winds in Cape Breton will increase to 50 km / h gusting to 80 km / h this afternoon.

The entire province, with the exception of Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby counties, is subject to an Environment Canada winter storm warning or snowfall warning.

Snow blankets a street in the Armdale neighborhood of Halifax Thursday morning. (Héloïse Rodriguez-Qizilbash / Radio-Canada)

Several flights to and from Halifax Stanfield International Airport and JA Douglas McCurdy Airport in Sydney this morning were canceled and Marine Atlantic has postponed crossings between North Sydney and Port aux Basques, Newfoundland .

Cape Breton Transit has suspended service as of 6:15 am Halifax Transit has suspended all services but will resume at noon.

Halifax Regional Municipality Operations

The municipality says it has worked with the province and community agencies and service providers to provide temporary emergency shelter to people living in homeless settlements.

An emergency shelter was opened overnight, providing comfort kits, a meal and a shower to those in need. The occupants of the refuge will be offered transportation to a comfort center, which will be open today from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Search and rescue teams have visited known homeless camp sites to provide a route for people to comfort centers.

According to CBC meteorologist Tina Simpkin, another five centimeters of snow is possible Thursday on mainland Nova Scotia, and another 10 to 20 centimeters in Cape Breton. (Robert Guertin / CBC)

City crews apply de-icing substances to sidewalks and streets.

The garbage, recycling and green bin collections scheduled for today have been canceled and postponed to Saturday.

Many municipal recreation centers have delayed opening and registration for aquatic and skating programs has been delayed until 2 p.m.

Many Nova Scotians are digging after the snow Thursday morning. (Craig Paisley / CBC)


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