Halifax’s first winter storm of the season closes schools, delays public transit
More than 30 centimetres of snow blankets city
December 9, 2021, 11:21 am ASTLast Updated: December 9, 2021, 5:46 pm
It’s sledding time, Halifax.
A winter storm that started Wednesday night lasting until Thursday morning hit Halifax hard, with snowfall totals measured up to 38 cm.
Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for the province Wednesday, calling for up to 20 cm of snow overnight.
The storm caused school closures and delayed operation of public transit. Halifax Regional Centre for Education schools and central offices were closed.
Dalhousie University, all Nova Scotia Community College campuses and Mount Saint Vincent were all closed for Thursday. Saint Mary’s University had a delayed opening at noon.
Some children in Halifax took advantage of the sunny snow day by sledding in Gorsebrook Park.
Lindsay Umlah took her daughters Alexis and Fallon sledding Thursday afternoon.
Fallon says sledding is her favourite part about winter.
“It looks like Christmas,” Fallon said.
Despite the heavy snowfall Thursday morning, Sybil Shore walked her dog, Sasha. Shore walks Sasha every morning, rain, snow or shine.
Shore loved the snow as a little girl. “As I get older, I don’t enjoy it. It’s nice when it first falls, but I don’t like it anymore,” she said.
Halifax delayed operations
Halifax Transit delayed all bus, ferry and Access-a-Bus service until noon.
UPDATE (Dec 9, 10:10 a.m.) – All Halifax Transit services (Bus, Access-A-Bus and Ferry) will resume at 12 p.m. today, Dec 9. Follow @hfxtransitalert for service disruptions. NOTE: All bus routes will be on Snow Plan, please see your route’s snow plan here: https://t.co/2mj9BYDK1k https://t.co/QDK5LKRUqt
— Halifax Transit (@hfxtransit) December 9, 2021
Municipal and provincial offices delayed opening until noon.
All curbside collection of garbage, organics, and recyclables scheduled for Thursday was cancelled and rescheduled for Saturday.
The Halifax Public Gardens were closed, and the Halifax Public Library delayed opening until 2 p.m. Thursday. Many recreation centres had a delayed opening, and registration for the municipality’s aquatics and skating winter programs was delayed until 2 p.m.
Ahead of the storm, HRM and the province worked with community-based agencies to provide temporary emergency shelters for occupants of homeless encampments.
An emergency shelter opened Wednesday at 9 p.m. in Halifax, providing people at the shelter with comfort kits, food, and a shower. The emergency shelter closed at 8 a.m., when occupants were moved to a comfort centre, which was to remain open until 9 p.m. Thursday.
According to the municipality, ground search and rescue teams visited all locations where the HRM was aware of homeless encampments to offer transportation to the emergency and comfort centres.
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