Messy conditions as snow, rain hits Halifax
Rain, strong winds expected to continue into Monday
January 20, 2019, 2:49 pm ASTLast Updated: January 20, 2019, 7:13 pm
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.
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.
We have 24,000 catch basins and the Team is working hard to make sure they are clear with big rain coming. Any help from local residents who can safely clear catch basins in front of property is very helpful. @hfxgov https://t.co/jAj0jTDIMX
— Office of the Mayor (@MikeSavageHFX) January 20, 2019
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.
Due to inclement weather the Museum will be closed for the day.
— Canadian Museum of Immigration (@Pier21) January 20, 2019
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.
— hfxgov (@hfxgov) January 20, 2019