Winter storm blows into Halifax

Snow and forceful winds slam city

A powerful blizzard began pounding Halifax just as the evening commute started Monday. But many residents were already hunkered down.

Halifax schools, universities and businesses closed in anticipation of the storm.

Around noon, the first flakes started to fall downtown and it escalated quickly.

Between the worsening weather and pre-emptive closures, the downtown area was eerily empty by the late afternoon.

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The inclement weather affected Halifax Transit as well.

Satellite imaging showed the storm settling directly on top of Nova Scotia.

A map of the east coast showing a large storm over Nova Scotia
Satellite imagery captured at 6:45 pm showing the winter storm directly over Nova Scotia.   Environment Canada

Many reported hearing thunder during the blizzard.

Some closures will continue into tomorrow morning.

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