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Messy conditions as snow, rain hits Halifax

Rain, strong winds expected to continue into Monday

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Two people wait by a bus stop in the snow
caption People wait at the bus stop on Robie Street. Some bus routes were on snow plan.
Maya Palacio

A mix of snow and rain left Halifax in a slippery and messy state on Sunday.

Environment Canada called for winds of up to 100 km/h and rainfall of up to 60 mm. Conditions are expected to improve, but the storm is expected to last until Monday afternoon.

Several flights were delayed or cancelled at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

“As forecasted, a winter storm is underway across the region. Passengers are encouraged to check their flight status on the airlines’ website,” said a tweet from the airport’s official Twitter account Sunday morning.

Along with the wind and rainfall warming, Environment Canada said the mix of the two can cause serious damage, like street flooding and power outages.

Plow clears snow in front of Halifax Central Library while someone observes.
caption Halifax Central Library opened at noon Sunday.
Maya Palacio

Mayor Mike Savage encouraged people to clear catch basins, if ones near them weren’t cleared by the municipality.

“Any help from local residents who can safely clear catch basins in front of property is very helpful,” Savage said in a tweet.

Nova Scotia Power and Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office opened emergency centres in response to the storm.

Bus routes 2, 3, 4 and 39 were on snow plans early Sunday, but were back to their regular schedules by the afternoon.

Some businesses, including the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, closed for the day.

Person walking away from a grocery store
caption Staff says Sobeys on Fenwick Street is open for regular hours.
Maya Palacio

In a tweet, the Halifax Regional Municipality advised travellers to be cautious “as surfaces may be slippery.”

Halifax Harbour Bridges said strong winds made travelling over the MacKay Bridge difficult and advised drivers to reduce speed to 50 km/h.

The HRM’s parking ban will be enforced overnight Sunday to Monday to allow for proper street cleaning.

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Justin Gollop

SMU grad (BA ‘18), journalist for The Signal, breakfast enthusiast, and friendly neighbourhood note-taker.

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    Lillian Oxner

    Well put together article! Very informative! Looking forward to reading more from the author
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    gunda Husain

    I understand the rules, but I could not make it up Westridge Drive this eve at 6:00 so my car stays until tomorrow morning.
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