Most schools cancelled across Nova Scotia today

Students across Nova Scotia can heave a sigh of relief: it’s a snow day.

Mixed bag of precipitation on its way

Students across Nova Scotia can heave a sigh of relief: it’s a snow day.

So far, schools in these regions are closed:

  • Halifax Regional School Board
  • Annapolis Valley Regional School Board
  • South Shore Regional School Board
  • Annapolis Valley Regional School Board
  • Chignecto Central Regional School Board
  • Strait Regional School Board​
  • Tri-County Regional School Board
  • Cape Breton Victoria School Board
  • Halifax Grammar School
  • CSAP schools in Clare and Argyle
  • Centre Scolaire de la Rive Sud in Cookville
  • Birch Hills Academy in Hammonds Plains
  • Sandy Lake Academy in Bedford
  • École Beau-Port in Arichat
  • ​Kings View Academy
  • Colchester Christian Academy in Truro
  • Rockingstone Heights School
  • The Shambala school in Halifax
  • The Halifax Independent School

​The Nova Scotia Community College has cancelled class at its Annapolis Valley, Lawrencetown and Kingstec campuses as well as the Digby Learning Centre and Centre of Geographic Sciences. The Waterfront, Akerley, Cumberland and Lunenburg campuses are also closed.

Some flights are cancelled at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, including Air Canada flights between Halifax, Sydney and Charlottetown.

Emergency Health Services said patient transfers will be evaluated based on location and weather conditions.

CBC Meteorologist Kalin Mitchell said a low-pressure system from the mid-western U.S. is tracking towards the southern coast of Nova Scotia, and is bringing more snow mixed with ice pellets.

About five to 10 centimetres of snow mixed with ice pellets fell around 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. Wednesday for much of mainland Nova Scotia. Later in the morning, that is expected to change to rain.

Similar to the storm that wreaked havoc on Halifax area roads over the last few days, this latest storm is bringing a mixed bag of precipitation.

Snow covered roads, slow going

RCMP briefly closed Highway 103 between Exits 21 and 22 because a tractor-trailer blocked the lanes. It reopened around 8:10 a.m.

Even on the open roads, provincial highways officials are urging caution.

The CBC’s Angela MacIvor reported there are many vehicles stuck trying to get around Halifax, including an Irving tanker truck on the Windsor Street exchange impeding traffic to the A. Murray MacKay Bridge.

Digging out to get to work in Halifax. Some of people around Halifax had no other choice this morning. (CBC)

Yarmouth was one of the first places to get hit by the storm in the province.

Jonathan LeBlanc from the Rodd Grand Yarmouth hotel said he got into work at 11 p.m. on Tuesday and the snow started falling around midnight.

"As of right now they're not the greatest, the main roads are cleared but the off streets would be not," he said.

He said the roads were plowed after the last storm, so that will help the cleanup efforts.


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