All public schools are closed in Nova Scotia on Tuesday as the province digs out of an ongoing winter storm. 

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The blizzard is moving east over Cape Breton after dumping up to 40 centimetres of snow elsewhere.

Nova Scotia's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal said at 9:45 a.m. that blowing snow was causing whiteouts and slippery roads in Cumberland County, as well as in the Tatamagouche area.

The Tancook and Englishtown ferries are both out of service. 

All public schools in the province are closed and many post-secondary institutions will be opening later than usual on Tuesday.

In Halifax, the Mobile Outreach Street Health group will have a warming centre for anyone without shelter starting at 8 a.m. at 2103 Gottingen St. 

Air Canada says many of its flights at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport are delayed or cancelled and affected passengers can change plans for free. Many other flights are delayed arriving and departing.

Despite the high winds, Nova Scotia Power kept the electricity on across the province overnight. About 100 customers lost power in the Glace Bay area just after 9 a.m. Power was back on by the afternoon.

Spokeswoman Beverley Ware said crews continue with regular work to "storm harden" the electrical system. 

CBC meteorologist Peter Coade says the centre of the nor'easter is southeast of Cape Breton as it heads to Newfoundland. A second, weaker, weather system will bring flurries to Nova Scotia on Tuesday evening. 

Shubenacadie Sam forecast an early spring on Groundhog Day and bashfully stood by that prediction, despite the heavy storm.

Halifax residents got creative when it came to finding ways around the city early Tuesday.

Others took more legal options. 

Snowshoes earn their keep helping this commuter get out in Halifax.

Snowshoes earn their keep helping this commuter get out in Halifax. (Craig Paisley/CBC)

Early risers took pride in being the first to reclaim their driveway.

The snow was chest-high for some Haligonians.