Nova Scotia

Blizzard leaves many Nova Scotia schools shut, dangerous roads

Some Nova Scotia students are enjoying their second snow day in a row, as cleanup crews mop up after a blizzard swept through the Maritimes on Wednesday.

Storm cleanup begins after heavy snow, winds slowed down Maritimes

Young people take advantage of school cancellations due to the weather as they slide on Citadel Hill in Halifax on Wednesday. (The Canadian Press)

Some Nova Scotia students are enjoying their second snow day in a row, as cleanup crews mop up after a blizzard swept through the Maritimes on Wednesday.

The day-long storm dumped between 20 and 40 centimetres on Nova Scotia.

CBC meteorologist Peter Coade said cold temperatures and scattered flurries continue Thursday, with lows of -15 C.

Darrin Natolino, acting superintendent of winter works for the Halifax region, said road crews have a long day ahead of them.

Most of Nova Scotia's roads are still snow-covered. Snow drifts are a problem in high winds and there are some slippery road conditions.

"With the type of blizzard conditions we had yesterday, often times we can make a cut through into a street and within a few hours you’d barely know that we were there," Natolino said.

Jeff McLeod says Halifax is doing a good job of clearing streets as he rids his driveway of snow. (CBC)

"I'd expect by the evening commute most people will go home to a nice, wide-open street and it will all be back to normal."

Barb Bailey, the Department of Transportation’s executive director of maintenance, said most of the province's highways are snow-packed.

She said westbound lanes of the Cobequid Pass were closed for four hours overnight.

"A couple of tractor-trailers got stuck," she said. "The blowing snow was a problem last night, but other than that — business as usual."

Bell Aliant says its voice service in Halls Harbour is restored. It went out for a few hours during the blizzard.

Lingering cancellations 

Schools are closed in the:

  • Strait Regional School Board.
  • Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board.
  • Annapolis Valley Regional School Board.
  • Chignecto Central School Board.
  • South Shore Regional School Board.
  • Tri County Regional School Board.
  • Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial in Clare, Argyle, Metro, Greenwood, Truro and Cookville.
  • Centre Scholaire de la Rive Sud in Cookville.
  • ​Sandy Lake Academy.
  • Wagmatcook school.
  • Ecole Beauport in Arichat.

In Halifax, schools in the Duncan MacMillan, Eastern Shore District, Musquodoboit Rural and Sir John A. Macdonald families of schools are closed.

Brookside Junior High School and its feeder elementary schools — Atlantic Memorial, Terence Bay and Prospect Road Elementary — are also closed.

Most universities are open, but Dalhousie University's agriculture campus in Truro is closed for snow clearing.

Officials at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport warned that Thursday will be a catch up day. Most flights were grounded on Wednesday as blowing snow and high winds hit the region.

There are no power outages.