Nova Scotia

2nd storm hits Nova Scotia in 24 hours, cancels classes at many schools

Nova Scotia was hit by another blast of winter weather Monday morning with plenty of snow, ice and rain.

Northern parts of the province were expected to be hardest hit with up to 40 centimetres of snow

The snow will change to rain in many areas of Nova Scotia later today. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)

Nova Scotia was hit by another blast of winter weather, the second snowstorm in 24 hours.

The storm prompted many schools in the province to cancel classes and forced some offices to close.

The poor weather caused some flight delays and cancellations at the airports in Halifax and Sydney.

In Halifax, the municipality will enforce an overnight winter parking ban between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The municipality said crews are out clearing priority streets and sidewalks.

Curbside collection of garbage, organics and recyclables normally scheduled for Monday has been delayed in some parts of the municipality. If waste is not picked up by 5:30 p.m., crews will return to get it on Tuesday, with collection beginning as early at 7 a.m.

The province's road conditions map shows highways are covered in snow or partly covered.

A low pressure system approaching from the southwest is travelling across Nova Scotia this evening, according to Environment Canada.

Northern parts of the province are expected to be hardest hit with 30 to 40 centimetres of snow coming down in those areas, said the national forecaster. Winter storm warnings have been issued for those areas.

Snowfall warnings are in place in the Annapolis Valley, Colchester County, Hants County and Kings County, where 15 to 30 centimetres of snow are expected. 

The snow in those areas is expected to change to ice pellets and possibly freezing rain this afternoon.

Snow will change to rain in many areas

Other areas along the province's southern coast have rainfall warnings and 30 millimetres could come down in those areas. Environment Canada is warning that could cause localized flooding because the frozen ground has a limited ability to absorb water.

The temperature is also expected to drop quickly this evening, meaning much of that water will freeze and create icy conditions that may make getting around difficult. 

Gusty winds are also expected across Nova Scotia, which will cause blowing snow in some areas. Halifax will have gusts up to 70 km/h while parts of Inverness County will see Les Suêtes winds gusting as high as 180 km/h.

The storm is expected to continue well into the night in some areas before leaving Nova Scotia early Tuesday morning.

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