Nova Scotia digging out after latest winter storm

Most of Nova Scotia can expect a mix of sun and cloud today after a night of getting blasted with snow and wind.

Department of Transportation says it will take up to 24 hours to clean up the snow

After a blustery, snow-filled night it's time to dig out again. (Craig Paisley/CBC)

Many Nova Scotians woke up to snow-filled driveways today after the province was hammered by snow and wind last night, and the storm's aftermath continues to pose some transportation problems. 

The province's Department of Transportation says many roads and highways across the province are snow-covered but passable.

In Halifax the overnight winter parking ban will continue to be enforced from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday morning, to give work crews the room they need to finish cleaning up roads and sidewalks.

The municipality is asking residents not to park on roads at all today or tonight.

It will be a fairly nice day for cleanup work, Environment Canada is calling for a mix of sun and cloud for much of the province.  

Flights and ferries

Some flights into and out of Halifax's Stanfield International Airport were delayed or cancelled this morning. 

The Marine Atlantic ferry service to Newfoundland is running on time as are the Bay Ferries between Saint John, N.B., and Digby, N.S.. 

All provincial ferries are also running today. 

Environment Canada says snowfall and ice pellet amounts ranged from eight cm in Yarmouth to 43 cm in Antigonish Harbour. Other recorded amounts included:

  • Truro - 20 cm
  • Sydney - 23 cm
  • Greenwood - 29 cm
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport - 40 cm

Winds gusted up to 95 km/h at Baccaro Point and up to 82 km/hour at Hart Island. 

Saturday night's storm brought whiteouts and blowing snow that caused crews some problems as they worked to clear roads.  

The worst of the weather hit the Antigonish area, according to Barb Baillie, the executive director of maintenance and operations with the province. 

People stranded on highways

She says on the 100-series highways "it was blowing in as fast as they could plow it."

"They had people stranded on a number of roads. They actually even had a wedding party stranded at a hall," Baillie said.  

Baillie estimates it will take at least 24 hours before all the snow is cleaned up around the province. 

"The freezing rain started in Yarmouth I believe around seven in the morning yesterday and it didn't start down in Cape Breton until after lunch time," said Baillie.

"So Cape Breton will be the last to be cleaned up because the storm started the latest there." 

Cleanup from yesterday's weather has also cancelled many church services today. For the latest information on cancellations, check out Storm Centre.

If you have any cancellations to report, please call our Storm Centre cancellation hotline at 1-877-236-9350 or email


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