As a blizzard continues to kick up snow in Halifax, many services and stores are closed, including CFB Halifax.

The base in Shearwater is closed for everyone except essential people.

That means several thousand sailors and civilians have been sent home and only essential personnel are left.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre is still operational and staffed.

Most of the sailors are off of the seven frigates and destroyers based in Halifax. Training and routine work has been cancelled.

About 7,500 sailors, air personnel and civilians work at CFB Halifax