Record snowfall for Sault, buses cancelled in Northeast

It is the first official day of winter and, in the northeast, it has arrived with a bang.

Most schools will remain open

It is the first official day of winter and, in the northeast, it has arrived with a bang.

The first flight out of the Sudbury airport was cancelled Friday due to bad weather — and more delays have continued to roll in.

All school buses in Sudbury, Espanola-Massey and Manitoulin districts were also cancelled.

According to an announcement on the Sudbury Student Services Consortium website, the decision to cancel all buses was as result of "weather conditions, road conditions, poor visibility and in the interest of safety all school-related transportation."

All schools will remain open Friday, however no transportation will be provided.

The consortium reminded parents who transport their children to school they must pick their children up at the end of the school day.

Record snowfall in Sault Ste. Marie

As of yesterday, Sudbury was blanketed in more than 12 cm, Environment Canada said.

North Bay received 9.6 cm.

But it's Sault Ste. Marie that was destined to really dig itself out Friday. The city set a new snowfall record with 38.7 cm.

One Sudbury hardware store owner said her shop has been inundated with people wanting to stock up on winter tools and prepare for this snow.

"People are getting ready, they're getting salt, and sand and definitely shovels," Valerie Michel said.

"We've had some snowblowers go out this morning."

A city of Sudbury official said the city would likely send out 59 snow plows Friday and an additional 20 sidewalk snow plows.