Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia shovels out of snowstorm

The cleanup continues after a storm blanketed Nova Scotia in heavy, wet snow.
Nova Scotians will need to keep their shovels handy Thursday. (CBC)

The cleanup continues after a storm blanketed Nova Scotia in heavy, wet snow.

Environment Canada says 34 centimetres of snow fell in Halifax on Wednesday. Greenwood got 36.8 centimetres, but Sydney got the most with 40.4.

That shatters the previous record for Nov. 23 for those communities.

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In Cape Breton, police said driving remains tricky because most side streets and secondary roads haven't been plowed.

"It's pretty much a mess so far," Sgt. Russell Baker, with Cape Breton Regional Police, said Thursday morning. "The roads are quite treacherous."

Schools around the island are closed for the day.

More than 2,100 customers in the Sydney and Ingonish areas were without power Thursday morning, but most were reconnected by 9 a.m. A Nova Scotia Power spokeswoman said all power had been restored as of 2:15 p.m. AT.

The flight schedules are returning to normal at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, though there are a still few delays.

Crashes, closures

The snow began to fall in western areas of the province early Wednesday. Many schools were closed for the day, while some sent students home at lunch time.

Police in the Halifax region said they received 66 reports of storm-related crashes and seized 48 vehicles for obstructing snowplows.

Transportation Minister Bill Estabrooks praised the work of the province's snow-clearing crews. He noted a few challenges, such as clearing the Cobequid Pass and the Canso Causeway.

"There have been some delays getting out of the city I know. But generally all the equipment is out there and they're at it and they've done a pretty good job," he said Wednesday.

Estabrooks said he'll sit down with transportation officials Thursday to take a closer look at the province's response.

The Halifax Regional Municipality said 85 plow and salt trucks worked on its roads, mainly on priority arterial and transit routes. It said an additional 45 loaders would work to clear local streets beginning at midnight.