Cancellations pile up as storm hits Halifax
Low pressure system brings wind, snow, rain and ice
February 13, 2019, 9:08 am ASTLast Updated: February 13, 2019, 8:23 pm
Many people in Halifax stayed home Wednesday as snow, high wind and freezing rain swept through the region, triggering closures and cancellations.
Environment Canada warned people in the area to expect snow and wind gusts reaching up to 80 km/h. The combination creates whiteout conditions.
Halifax Regional Police reported no vehicle collisions early Wednesday morning but cautioned drivers to be careful on the roads.
No collisions so far…. Please help us keep it that way. Drive to the road conditions and take extra time and caution if you have to be out on the roads this morning.
— Halifax_Police (@HfxRegPolice) February 13, 2019
A number of flights at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport were cancelled or delayed.
It’s messy out there! If you’re travelling out of #HfxStanfield today, please check the status of your flight with your airline. Give yourself plenty of extra time to get to the airport, check-in and clear security. #SnowDay #NSstorm
— Halifax Stanfield (@HfxStanfield) February 13, 2019
All public schools in the Halifax Regional Municipality are closed, and universities across Halifax have cancelled classes as well.
Feb. 13/19: All HRCE schools and offices are closed today. More details on today’s decision are posted at https://t.co/5G1dGv6Y43 Please RT
— Halifax Regional Centre for Education (@HRCE_NS) February 13, 2019
Not everyone gets the day off, however. Some Halifax Transit lines operated on a snow plan, but all buses returned to regular routing Wednesday evening.
— Halifax Transit (@hfxtransit) February 13, 2019
Nova Scotia Power reported two outages in Dartmouth around noon, affecting fewer than 10 customers. Company officials said they had crews staged across the province in the event of more power outages.
Environment Canada forecasts periods of drizzle and fog for the Halifax area Wednesday night.
For anyone caught outside in the cold, the Warming Centre at St. Matthew’s United Church on Barrington Street is open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The municipal overnight winter parking ban will be enforced from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. so crews can clear streets and sidewalks.