Traffic snarls, headaches and 249 parking tickets after Halifax’s first winter storm of 2016

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WATCH ABOVE: A blast of winter weather hit the Maritimes Tuesday and Wednesday. Although the storm wasn’t as bad as originally predicted, it still had Haligonians cleaning up. Global’s Natasha Pace reports – Jan 13, 2016

Halifax became a winter wonderland overnight Tuesday as about 15 to 20 centimetres of snow fell on the city.

By the time morning came, roads were slippery and slick and the heavy snow was tough to clear, creating some headaches for commuters.

Many of Halifax Transit’s bus routes were put on “snow plans” for much of the morning, as buses were struggling to get up several hills in the city.

The city issued 249 tickets to drivers parked on the street who violated the overnight parking ban. The city is reminding residents that though the parking ban is only enforced between the hours of 1 and 6 a.m., if a car parked on the street is in the way of snow clearing equipment, it can still be ticketed or towed at any time of the day.

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The city has also extended the overnight parking ban through to Thursday night to allow them to properly clear the streets.

Municipal and provincial buildings were closed for the morning, however will all be reopened by noon Wednesday and all recreational programming will go ahead as scheduled.

The snowfall warning issued on Tuesday has been lifted for the area, but flurries are still swirling around out there, and blowing snow is still expected in parts of the region.

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