Maritimes snowstorm creates travel delays, power outages

The Maritimes are being sent a second dose of winter weather this week, and it's affecting local and regional travel for the area.

Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings of up to 25 centimetres for parts of the region

A Halifax driver lost control of their SUV in heavy snow at Armdale roundabout, sliding off the road. (Elizabeth Chiu/CBC)

The Maritimes are being sent a second dose of winter weather in less than a week, and it's creating no shortage of travel headaches in the region. 

Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings of up to 25 centimetres for most of the Maritimes, and each province is coping with the wintry blast that's grounding planes and slowing roads to a crawl in some areas.

Nova Scotia

More than a hundred provincial snow plows are on the roads Tuesday to try to clear the snow that has been falling steadily. 

More than 6,000 Nova Scotia Power customers were without power in Dartmouth for much of Tuesday afternoon, and some Halifax Transit buses have been put on special routes to cope with the snowfall. 

So far, ferries big and small are still operating. Both Halifax Harbour bridges remain open, but the department of transportation warns of poor visibility. 

Many flights out of Halifax Stanfield International Airport have also been affected. Several flights within the Maritime region have been cancelled and flights bound for other domestic locations have been delayed. 

Maritime Bus, which travels between the provinces, has issued a weather statement and suggests customers to postpone their trip until a later time because buses can either be late, cancelled, or interrupted en route. In Halifax, the city announced the overnight parking ban will be in effect from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Eastlink announced Tuesday night that it was experiencing service disruptions in parts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

A Nova Scotia Power line fire in the area of Main Street and Forest Hills Parkway also affected Eastlink lines, said company spokesperson Jill Laing in an email.

Crews were able to restore Internet, cable and phone service to some areas, although others are still without service, she said. Laing would not specify which areas and when service would restored.

Snow and ice are slowing travel for most of the Maritimes on Tuesday. (Stephanie vanKampen/CBC)

New Brunswick

As of 3 p.m. on Tuesday, there are three power outages affecting parts of southern New Brunswick and the storm is also affecting some air travel. 

Two Air Canada flights and a Porter flight out of Moncton have been either cancelled or delayed. 

Transit in Moncton is experiencing minimal delays. Saint John transit says all buses are running but delays should be expected. The city of Saint John has put an overnight parking ban in effect as well. 

A view of Edmundston, N.B., on Tuesday afternoon (Submitted by Tim Addison)


The island managed to escape most of Tuesday's heavy snow. CBC meteorologist Peter Coade says P.E.I. should receive somewhere between two and five centimetres. 

So far, the Confederation Bridge remains open to all traffic. 

All major highways are currently partly covered in snow. 

Charlottetown Airport Authority says a WestJet flight has been delayed and an Air Canada flight has been cancelled. 


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