Stormy weather's aftermath causes school cancellations in N.S.

It's a slow start to the week for people in the Maritimes who are digging out after heavy snow, rain and wind whipped the region on Sunday.

Icy roads, sidewalks in the Halifax region; Annapolis Valley and on the South Shore cancel classes

Fierce storm brings heavy snow and high winds, cancelling flights in N.B., N.L. 4:31

It's a slow start to the week for people in the Maritimes who are digging out after heavy snow, rain and wind whipped the region on Sunday.

Dozens of schools are closed in Nova Scotia, the roads are slippery, and travellers are confronting a long list of delays and cancellations at the Halifax airport. 

CBC meteorologist Kalin Mitchell said approximately 20 centimetres of snow fell in Nova Scotia on Sunday, and it later turned to rain. The temperature then dipped overnight, creating black ice on highways and roads on Monday morning.

So far, schools in these regions are closed:

  • All Annapolis Valley Regional School Board schools
  • All South Shore Regional School Board schools
  • Centre Scolaire de la Rive-Sud in Cookville
  • ​All CSAP (French language) schools 
  • All Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board schools
  • Schools in Guysborough County
  • St. Mary's Education Centre
  • Sandy Lake Academy in Bedford
  • École Rose-Des-Vents in Greenwood

Four schools in the Halifax region are also closed: 

  • Duncan MacMillan
  • Eastern Shore District
  • Musquodoboit Rural
  • Sir John A. Macdonald 

Schools in New Brunswick, which was buried under 30 centimetres of snow, were opened, but many buses were running late.

With slick roads, traffic in at least one Dartmouth subdivision is at a standstill.

The CBC's Nancy Waugh said she has been stuck for 30 minutes trying to get out of  Portland Hills and Portland Estates.

Hundreds of cars are backed up on side streets trying to find a route to work.

High winds knocked out power in New Brunswick and Cape Breton overnight. At 5:50 a.m. AT, there were still about 1,400 customers without power in Cape Breton, but electricity was restored before 7 a.m.

Airports still a mess 

Dozens of flights at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the Fredericton International Airport and the Charlottetown Airport were cancelled as the provinces grappled with winds up to 90 km/h. The airports are still struggling with delays and rescheduled flight. 

Cathy Lin and family arrived from Antigonish in the middle of the night to find their flight to Shanghai had been cancelled. They are being told their next option is Wednesday. (Craig Paisley/CBC )

Cathy Lin and her family arrived from Antigonish in the middle of the night to find their flight to Shanghai was cancelled. They have been waiting three hours to reschedule.

“They tell me the next flight will be Wednesday. We have to wait two more days,” she said.

All forms of transportation seem to be affected by the poor weather conditions. Marine Atlantic's ferry crossings between Port aux Basques and North Sydney are cancelled. The Northumberland Strait ferry connecting Nova Scotia and P.E.I. was tied up, but Bay Ferries announced it will sail at 9:30 a.m.

As the Maritimes continue to shovel out, Newfoundland and Labrador is in the thick of it.

Heavy snowfall overnight forced many schools in rural parts of the province to close down for the day, while travellers in St. John's were grounded due to cancelled flights.Central and western Newfoundland can expect up to another 10 centimetres of snow Monday night.


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