Halifax expecting a ‘messy afternoon commute’ as road conditions deteriorate

Environment Canada weather statement says more bad weather on the way for Friday

Weather forecasts calling for snow and ice have prompted early closure of Halifax schools and changes to Halifax bus routes.

Late Thursday morning, Environment Canada issued a weather statement for Halifax stating between five to 10 centimetres of snow and ice pellets are expected throughout the day before temperatures drop rapidly below freezing Thursday evening and into Friday.

With temperatures above freezing, snow has melted in places leaving sidewalks and roads slippery.

Above freezing temperatures and snow from the past week has contributed to slippery sidewalk and road conditions.   Tobias Stock

People on social media are cautioning of poor and deteriorating conditions on highways around Halifax, including reports of vehicles off the road.

Nova Scotia RCMP is also advising people to slow down and drive carefully due to poor weather and road conditions.

Early Thursday afternoon, Halifax government asked residents to exercise caution while de-icing operations were carried out. The municipal overnight parking ban will remain in effect from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. Friday morning.

A number of arrivals and departures to and from Halifax Stanfield International Airport are experiencing delays. The airport is advising passengers to check their flight status with their airline or directly with the airport before leaving.

On Thursday morning, Halifax Transit had some bus routes operating on snow plans, although a few had returned to regular routes by midday.

The Halifax Regional Centre for Education opted to close schools early, with buses picking students up two hours before their regular dismissal times.

NSCAD University, Mount Saint Vincent, Saint Mary’s, Dalhousie, and the University of King’s College remained open, while Nova Scotia Community College announced a 12:30 p.m. closure.

Temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing late Thursday evening, potentially creating ice on roads.   Tobias Stock

Environment Canada expects the snowfall to give way to flurries by the evening, but warns of a messy afternoon commute.

Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing around 9 p.m, and continue to drop to -16 C by midnight Friday.

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